The Problems of Philosophy

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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.
--Ali Chibuzor Orji
 

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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