In January 2011 the Bertrand Russell Research
Centre moved into its new, permanent home on the first floor of
Mills Library at McMaster University. The new location is
conveniently situated just one floor up from the Russell Archives
and Special Collections reading room.
The Centre’s most important public initiative of the last
couple of years has been its hosting of
Conference, which celebrated the centenary of the
publication of the first of the three volumes of Russell and
Whitehead’s Principia Mathematica—their landmark
work in the development of logic, the foundations of mathematics,
and the application of logic in philosophy.
The most recent issue of Russell: the Journal of Bertrand
31, no. 1) is devoted entirely to papers presented at this
extremely successful three-day event, and a separate volume of
conference papers—edited by the Centre’s Nick Griffin,
together with Bernard Linksy—is to be published by Cambridge.
In conjunction with the Department of Philosophy, the Centre
jointly hosted a smaller Principia seminar/workshop in
Another notable philosophy conference—the first annual
meeting of the Society
for the Study of the History of Analytic
Philosophy—is scheduled to take place at McMaster
University from 24–26 May 2012.
The 2010 meeting of the Bertrand Russell Society was staged
concurrently with the PM@100 conference at McMaster. This
year’s annual meeting took place
at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.
Congratulations to Michael Stevenson, co-editor of the most
recently published volume of
Collected Papers on his recent academic appointment to the
Orillia campus of Lakehead University.
The student research assistants at the Centre at present are
Christmas, a fourth-year philosophy major, and Amy
Verhaege, a fourth year history major. Many thanks to three other
students, Karl Laderoute, Richelle Capriotti and Tom Siek, for
their recent and
valuable contributions to work in progress on both the Collected
Letters and Collected Papers projects.
March 2012: We have added links to PDFs of a selection of Russell
texts from the Collected Papers (from volumes 10,
11, 15, 21, 28 and 29). The editorial
apparatus—headnote, annotation, textual notes and
bibliographical index entries—has also been
for each of the chosen papers.
Embedded in the texts are invisible links to the annotations and
textual notes. As you scroll through the PDF,
for your cursor turning into a pointing finger then click your
mouse. You can link back to the text by clicking
page of the page and line number supplied adjacent to each
annotation or textual note. Alternatively, the
and textual notes can be accessed simply by scrolling down to the
bottom of the web page. Bibliographical
entries have been placed in pop up boxes linked to the year
(highlighted in yellow) of the author-date
browsers will display the bibliographical information by moving the
mouse over the link; others will require
open the pop-up box with a mouse click.
The featured material includes some comparatively obscure texts as
well as more familiar
because of the particular editorial challenges they