The Problems of Philosophy

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Oxford University Press, 1997 - Philosophy - 167 pages
Bertrand Russell was one of the greatest logicians since Aristotle, and one of the most important philosophers of the past two hundred years. As we approach the 125th anniversary of the Nobel laureate's birth, his works continue to spark debate, resounding with unmatched timeliness and power.

The Problems of Philosophy, one of the most popular works in Russell's prolific collection of writings, has become core reading in philosophy. Clear and accessible, this little book is an intelligible and stimulating guide to those problems of philosophy which often mistakenly lead to its status as too lofty and abstruse for the lay mind. Focusing on problems he believes will provoke positive and constructive discussion, Russell concentrates on knowledge rather than metaphysics, steering the reader through his famous 1910 distinction between "knowledge by acquaintance and knowledge by description," and introducing important theories of Descartes, Kant, Hegel, Hume, Locke, Plato, and others to lay the foundation for philosophical inquiry by general readers and scholars alike.

With a new introduction by John Perry, this valuable work is a perfect introduction to the field and will continue to stimulate philosophical discussion as it has done for nearly forty years.
 

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Russel confines himself in epistemology. He discuss the problem of knowledge and the conditions by with it can be achieved. The concept of truth is examined, with emphasis in the realist position ... Read full review

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In Problems of Philosophy Russell attempts to create a brief and accessible guide to the problems of philosophy. He introduces important theories of Plato, Aristotle, René Descartes, David Hume, John ... Read full review

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Contents

APPEARANCE AND REALITY
7
THE EXISTENCE OF MATTER
17
THE NATURE OF MATTER
27
IDEALISM
37
KNOWLEDGE BY ACQUAINTANCE AND KNOWLEDGE BY DESCRIPTION
46
ON INDUCTION
60
ON OUR KNOWLEDGE OF GENERAL PRINCIPLES
70
HOW A PRIORI KNOWLEDGE IS POSSIBLE
82
ON INTUITIVE KNOWLEDGE
111
TRUTH AND FALSEHOOD
119
KNOWLEDGE ERROR AND PROBABLE OPINION
131
THE LIMITS OF PHILOSOPHICAL KNOWLEDGE
141
THE VALUE OF PHILOSOPHY
153
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTE
162
SUGGESTED READING
163
INDEX
165

THE WORLD OF UNIVERSALS
91
ON OUR KNOWLEDGE OF UNIVERSALS
101

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The late Bertrand Russell, English philosopher and mathematician, was a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge University, where he taught for many years. He also lectured widely in the United States. Winner of the 1950 Nobel Prize for Literature, he is the author of many books including the influential Principia Mathematica, with Alfred North Whitehead, and The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell 1872-1967, published in three volumes.
John Perry is H.W. Stuart Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University and co-editor of Oxford's Introduction to Philosophy, Second Edition.

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