In 1961, Russell was once again imprisoned, this time for a week inconnection with anti-nuclear protests. The media coverage surroundinghis conviction only served to enhance Russell’s reputation and tofurther inspire the many idealistic youths who were sympathetic to hisanti-war and anti-nuclear message. Beginning in 1963, he began work ona variety of additional issues, including lobbying on behalf ofpolitical prisoners under the auspices of the Bertrand Russell PeaceFoundation.
Achieving Principia's main goal proved to be achallenge. Primarily at issue were the kinds of assumptions Whiteheadand Russell needed to complete their project. AlthoughPrincipia succeeded in providing detailed derivations of manymajor theorems in finite and transfinite arithmetic, set theory, andelementary measure theory, two axioms in particular were arguablynon-logical in character: the axiom of infinity and the axiom ofreducibility. The axiom of infinity in effect states that there existsan infinite number of objects. Arguably it makes the kind ofassumption generally thought to be empirical rather than logical innature. The axiom of reducibility was introduced as a means ofovercoming the not completely satisfactory effects of the , the mechanism Russell andWhitehead used to restrict the notion of a well-formed expression,thereby avoiding .Although technically feasible, many critics concluded that the axiomwas simply too ad hoc to be justified philosophically. Kanamori sumsup the sentiment of many readers: “In traumatic reaction to hisparadox Russell had built a complex system of orders and types only tocollapse it with his Axiom of Reducibility, a fearful symmetry imposedby an artful dodger” (2009, 411). In the minds of many, theissue of whether mathematics could be reduced to logic, or whether itcould be reduced only to set theory, thus remained open.
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Russell himself had recognized several of these same concerns as earlyas 1903, noting that it was unlikely that any single solution wouldresolve all of the known paradoxes. Together with Whitehead, he wasalso able to introduce a new axiom, the axiom of reducibility, whichlessened the vicious circle principle’s scope of application and soresolved many of the most worrisome aspects of type theory. Even so, critics claimed that the axiom was simply too ad hoc to bejustified philosophically. For additional discussion see Linsky(1990), Linsky (2002) and Wahl (2011).
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Today there is still debate over the ultimate value, or even thecorrect interpretation, of some of the revisions, revisions that weremotivated in large part by the work of some of Russell's brighteststudents, including and Frank Ramsey. Appendix B has been notoriously problematic. Theappendix purports to show how mathematical induction can be justifiedwithout use of the axiom of reducibility; but as Alasdair Urquhartreports,
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By any standard, Russell led an enormously full life. In addition tohis ground-breaking intellectual work in logic and analyticphilosophy, he involved himself for much of his life in politics. Asearly as 1904 he spoke out frequently in favour of internationalismand in 1907 he ran unsuccessfully for Parliament. Although he stood as anindependent, he endorsed the full 1907 Liberal platform. He alsoadvocated extending the franchise to women, provided that such a radicalpolitical change would be introduced only through constitutionally recognized means (Wood1957, 71). Three years later he published his Anti-SuffragistAnxieties (1910).