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The Problem of Philosophy (Great Books in Philosophy) Paperback – 19 Sep 1988


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  • Paperback: 161 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books UK (19 Sep 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879754974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879754976
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,271,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970). Philosopher, mathematician, educational and sexual reformer, pacifist, prolific letter writer, author and columnist, Bertrand Russell was one of the most influential and widely known intellectual figures of the twentieth century. In 1950 he was awarded the Noble Prize for Literature in 1950 for his extensive contributions to world literature and for his "rationality and humanity, as a fearless champion of free speech and free thought in the West."

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"Treats its subject in a way that will arouse the interest of any one who has any latent ability to become interested in it."--The New York Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Bertrand Arthur William Russell, (1872-1970) was an English philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, and social critic. Although he spent the majority of his life in England, he was born in Wales, where he also died. Russell led the British "revolt against idealism" in the early 1900s. He is considered one of the founders of analytic philosophy along with his protégé Wittgenstein and his elder Frege, and is widely held to be one of the 20th century's most important logicians. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Luna on 19 Oct 2010
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I'm preparing myself for my Philosophy course in Uni next year and somebody suggested this book.

It's a fantastic book to introduce yourself to the subject and Bertrand Russell is a really good philosopher/writer. There isn't many technical terms and he doesn't really tell you what the topic is called but he makes the philosophy very understandable. Due to the age of the book, some vocabulary are quite hard and out of context and I couldn't actually finish a page without using my dictionary!

Overall a great book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F.Fenton-Coopland on 16 Nov 2013
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useful introduction to the subject at an accessible level. Should prove its worth as the course progresses and I become more familiar with the subject.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Dec 1999
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I study philosophy at A-level and I grew tired of books I just could not get to grips with. Bertrand Russel's book however was a breath of fresh air.
At the beginning of each chapter he outlines his aims and then at the end he gives an easy to understand conclusion. This makes the book so much easier to understand.
The chapters are nice and short and tackle something new every time, and so you never get bogged down in deep, complicated ideas.
I liked this book simply because of its (relative) simplicity, and even though it got tough in places, generally it was a delightful workout for the mind without leaving you exhausted.
Top notch common sense.
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By Charlie on 17 May 2014
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A very nice introduction to philosophy. It is written in a clear, engaging and sympathetic manner to those unfamiliar with philosophy. A good, short, introduction.
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This is a classic introductory text for good reason. It is written by one of the great philosophers of the 20th century in a period of his life when he had turned away from writing for academics and wanted to communicate science and philosophy to the general public. It is not an unbiased overview of 20th century philosophy, it it an insight into the problems that he believed were important and the ways he tackled those problems. I found it, and continue to find it, a great read.
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