The Problems of Philosophy (Google eBook)

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Cosimo, Inc., 2007 - Philosophy - 128 pages
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One of his great works, and a must-read for any student of philosophy, The Problems of Philosophy was written in 1912 as an introduction to Russell's thought. As an empiricist, Russell starts at the beginning with this question: Is there any knowledge in the world that is so certain that no reasonable man could doubt it? This, according to Russell, is where the work of philosophy begins. He covers topics such as reality, the nature of matter, inductive reasoning, truth, and the limits of philosophical knowledge. As one of the greatest minds in Western philosophy, Russell's thoughts are profoundly informative and provocative and suitable for anyone wishing to expand his mind. British philosopher and mathematician BERTRAND ARTHUR WILLIAM RUSSELL (1872-1970) won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950. Among his many works are Why I Am Not a Christian (1927), Power: A New Social Analysis (1938), and My Philosophical Development (1959).
  

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The book is a good read in nearly every regard. Russell asked questions that took the mind on a long ride. The ingredients of what philosophy entails were well enuciated. He very well started by asking a most fundamental question "Is there any knowledge in the world which is so certain that no reasonable man could doubt it?" This question goes a long way to show the unlimited nature of knowledge and how no man can know. It also means that no knowledge is absolute as man would constantly proffer a doubt to everything.
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Foundational and essential. I am re-reading this to reacquaint myself with Russell's refutation of Berkekely's idealism, his restating of the most foundational epistemological doubt of external ... Read full review

Contents

Appearance and Reality
1
The Existence of Matter
9
The Nature of Matter
17
IV Idealism
24
Knowledge by Acquaintance and Knowledge
30
by Description
31
On induction
41
On Our Knowledge of General Principles
49
On Our Knowledge of Universals
73
On Intuitive Knowledge
80
Truth and Falsehood
86
Knowledge Error and Probable Opinion
95
The Limits of Philosophical Knowledge
103
XV The Value of Philosophy
111
Bibliographical Note
118
Index
119

How A PRIORI Knowledge is Possible
58
The World of Universals
65

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Bertrand Arthur William Russell (1872-1970) was a British philosopher, logician, essayist and social critic. He was best known for his work in mathematical logic and analytic philosophy. Together with G.E. Moore, Russell is generally recognized as one of the main founders of modern analytic philosophy. Together with Kurt Gödel, he is regularly credited with being one of the most important logicians of the twentieth century. Over the course of a long career, Russell also made contributions to a broad range of subjects, including the history of ideas, ethics, political and educational theory, and religious studies. General readers have benefited from his many popular writings on a wide variety of topics. After a life marked by controversy--including dismissals from both Trinity College, Cambridge, and City College, New York--Russell was awarded the Order of Merit in 1949 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950. Noted also for his many spirited anti-nuclear protests and for his campaign against western involvement in the Vietnam War, Russell remained a prominent public figure until his death at the age of 97.

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