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Exactly similar remarks will apply to other instances: Rumania, Twelfth Night, and Socrates. Socrates, perhaps, raises some special questions, because the question what constitutes a person has special difficulties in it. But, for the sake of argument, one might identify Socrates with the series of his experiences. He would be really a series of classes, because one has many experiences simultaneously. Therefore he comes to be very like Piccadilly. Considerations of that sort seem to take us away from such prima facie complex entities as we started with to others as being more stubborn and more deserving of analytical attention, namely facts.

Is the ability to recognize a shade of colour quite so large a part of knowing the meaning of the colourword? 59 The meanings of such words seem to be tied to 56 The Philosophy of Logical Atomism, pp. 32–33. Russell’s Introduction to Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, London. First English Edition, 1922, p. xiii. 58 Below, p. 143. Quoted above, p. xiii. 59 S. Kripke: Naming and Necessity, pp. 116–139; H. Putnam: Dreaming and “Depth Grammar” in Philosophical Papers Vol. II, pp. , pp. 229–257.

The point of the question is that knowledge by description takes over where acquaintance peters out. The answer is that Russell always allows acquaintance with qualities and relations experienced in the more remote past, but xxxiii xxxiv introduction to the 1985 edition he is less permissive about acquaintance with particulars. For he was inclined to think that particulars move out of range of acquaintance when they move out of the specious present. 48 It is an important conclusion, because, if acquaintance provides indispensable support for logically proper names, then any restriction imposed on the range of acquaintance will automatically restrict the situations in which logically proper names can be used and understood.

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