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Nick Griffin, Ph.D. (Australian National)

Canada Research Chair in Philosophy
E-mail: ngriffin@mcmaster.ca
Phone: 905-525-9140, ext. 23469
Office: University Hall 309

Research interests:

Bertrand Russell, Philosophical Logic, Epistemology, 19th and 20th Century Intellectual History.

A cross-section of publications

Publications include:

  • Relative Identity (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1977).
  • Russell’s Idealist Apprenticeship (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991).
  • The Selected Letters of Bertrand Russell, Vol. 1, The Private Years 1884-1914, editor (London: Allen Lane Press; New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1992).
  • The Selected Letters of Bertrand Russell, Vol. 2: The Public Years 1914-1970, editor (London: Routledge, 2001).
  • The Cambridge Companion to Bertrand Russell, editor. (Cambridge: Cambridge University, 2003).
  • “Russell and the Nature of Logic”, Synthese Vol. 45 (1981), 117-188.
  • “What’s Wrong With Bradley’s Theory of Judgment?”, Idealistic Studies Vol. 13, (1983), 199-225.
  • “Russell’s Multiple Relation Theory of Judgment”, Philosophical Studies Vol. 47 (1985), 213-47.
  • “Lifeboat USA” (Parts 1 & 2), International Journal of Moral and Social Studies Vol. 3 (1988), 217-38 & Vol. 4 (1989), 17-36.
  • “Bertrand Russell’s Mathematical Education” (with Albert C. Lewis), Notes and Records of the Royal Society, Vol. 44, (January 1990), pp. 51-71.
  • “Terms, Relations, Complexes” in Irvine & Wedeking (eds.), Russell and Analytic Philosophy (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1993), pp. 159-92.
  • “F.H. Bradley’s Contribution to the Development of Logic”, In James Bradley (ed.) Philosophy after F.H. Bradley. A Collection of Essays (Bristol: Thoemmes, 1996), pp. 195-230.
  • “Through the Woods to Meinong’s Jungle”, in Kent A. Peacock and Andrew D. Irvine (eds.) Mistakes of Reason. Essays in Honour of John Woods, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005), pp. 15-32
  • “Bertrand Russell and Harold Joachim”, Russell: The Journal of Bertrand Russell Studies, N.S. Vol. 27, no. 2, (Winter 2007-08), pp. 220-244.
  • “Rethinking Item Theory”, in Nicholas Griffin and Dale Jacquette (eds.) Russell vs Meinong. The Legacy of ‘On Denoting’, (London, New York: Routledge, 2008), pp. 204-232.
  • “Psychologism and the Development of Russell’s Account of Propositions” (with David M. Godden), History and Philosophy of Logic vol. 30, No. 2, pp. 171-186.
  • ‘Russell and Leibniz on the Classification of Propositions’, in Ralf Krömer and Yannick Chin-Drian (eds.), New Essays on Leibniz Reception. In Science and Philosophy of Science, 1800-2000, (Basel: Birkhäuser, 2012), pp. 85-127.
  • ‘Russell and Moore’s Revolt Against British Idealism’, in Michael Beaney (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of the History of Analytic Philosophy, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), pp.  383-406.
  • ‘Introduction, (with Bernard Linsky), in N.Griffin and B.Linsky (eds.)  The Palgrave Centenary Companion to Principia Mathematica, (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), pp.xv-xxvii.
  • ‘Whatever Happened to Group Theory?’, in N.Griffin and B.Linsky (eds.),  The Palgrave Centenary Companion to Principia Mathematica, (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013),  pp. 369-390.
  • The Palgrave Centenary Companion to Principia Mathematica, edited with Bernard Linsky. (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) xxvii+ 458pp
  • Bertrand Russell.  A Pacifist at War: Letters and Writings 1914-1918, edited by Nicholas Griffin.  (Nottingham: Spokesman, 2014).
  • ‘What Part of “Not” Don’t We Understand?’ in Purushottama Bilimoria and Michael Hemmingsen (eds.) Comparative Philosophy and J.L. Shaw, (Heidelberg, New York and London: Springer: 2015), pp. 161-181.
  • ‘Russell’s Neutral Monist Theory of Desire’, Russell: The Journal of Bertrand Russell Studies, N.S. Vol.  35, No 1 (Summer 2015), pp.5-28.