Open Court. Edited by David Pears (1940)
THE PHILOSOPHY which I advocate is generally regarded as a species
of realism, and accused of inconsistency because of the elements
in it which seem contrary to that doctrine. For my part, I do not
regard the issue between realists and their opponents as a funda-
mental one; I could alter my view on this issue without changing
my mind as to any of the doctrines upon which I wish to lay stress.
I hold that logic is what is fundamental in philosophy, and that
schools should be characterized rather by their logic than by their
metaphysic. My own logic is atomic, and it is this aspect upon
which I should wish to lay stress. Therefore I prefer to describe
my philosophy as "logical atomism," rather than as "realism,"
whether with or without some prefixed adjective.