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"The Problems of Philosophy" is one of Bertrand Russell's attempts to create a brief and accessible guide to the problems of philosophy. Focusing on problems he believes will provoke positive and constructive discussion, Russell concentrates on knowledge rather than metaphysics.

If it is uncertain that external objects exist, how can we then have knowledge of them but by probability. There is no reason to doubt the existence of external objects simply because of sense data.

Russell guides the reader through his famous 1910 distinction between "knowledge by acquaintance and knowledge by description" and introduces important theories of Plato, Aristotle, René Descartes, David Hume, John Locke, Immanuel Kant, Georg Hegel and others to lay the foundation for philosophical inquiry by general readers and scholars alike.


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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Rapid 12 Dec 2012
By Stuart
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A rapid run through a number of philosophical questions, although as ever Russell is readable when describing some quite tricky mental gymnastics.

The mark of this is that you actually feel you understand enough to be able to disagree (or agree!) with some of the arguments being put forward, even after only a couple of pages of explication, which can only be a good thing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Problems of Philosophy - delineated 9 May 2013
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This is a very good book set out in a clear and very readable style with an ability to explain difficult problems
effortlessly. It serves as an introduction to earlier philosophers as well, although not to the ancients particularly well.
Russell also invented mathematical logic which shows here at times, but it is not at all necessary to have a knowledge of this to read the book.
Although it is in no way a textbook, it is a very good accessory read and I would recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a look 29 Mar 2013
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I first read this 30 years ago and have enjoyed the re-reading.

Russell is not, I believe, regarded as being in the first rank of philosophers, but he does write with outstanding fluency, so as to make the concepts of the philosophical approach easy to follow. I'd recommend this book for anyone thinking of reading philosophy at university.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A well constructed precis from the source material 22 April 2013
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I was looking for a modern precis of the major issues surrounding philosphy. Having read original works from Aristole, Hume, Locke, Kant, Berkley and Descartes I needed somthing to help pull it all together, and this work by Russel is an excellent solution to this.

It is possible to see the work of the quoted philosphoers in this work, but remains an easy and enjoyable read. One criticism is that the works of the earleir 'masters' is hardly referenced, so it lacks quality for research. Also some of the subject matter is disregarded in the name of brevity.

I've always been a fan of Russell and this is another fine peice of writing. At times, it's even quite funny - imagine the suprise of the chicken!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading 26 Mar 2013
By Andrew
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I would recommend this classic work of philosophy at a ridiculously low price and bought without getting out of my chair.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and thorough reasoning 4 Mar 2013
By Scholar
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I love Russell's clarity. I do not think many authors come close to him on this. I very much recommend the book.
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Problems of philosophy describes the problem situation as Russel saw them at the beginning of the twentieth century, this is probobly best reasd after Histoty of Western Philosophy, this book is the most brilliant book I have read. I know Bertrand Russell's works, because I was a computer scientist and Russel was the creator of modern logic. The book is not technical and can be quite funny.

It covers the Pre-Socratics up to the 19040s. Cannot rcommend this book highly enough. Must Buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great introduction 20 Feb 2014
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really nice introduction to some of the major problems of philosophy - very well written and mostly accessible great stuff
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4.0 out of 5 stars A classic of it's time.
This is a good starting point for anyone interested in late 19th and early 20th century philosophy. It's one of those books that you feel you really should read and it is rewarding... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ms. J. A. Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Ouch
Downloaded this to read on holiday on my kindle ...

Tied my brain in knots but well worth the effort!!!
Published 8 months ago by James Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Thanks to the extraordinary simplicity and clarity with which Russell illuminates the mysteries of our everyday experience I give it this high rating.
Published 12 months ago by T Harvey
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmm alright
Perhaps it was better when it was written. But many of the problems I don't really see as problems - too me its just him defining X in a certain way, then saying X is a problem. Read more
Published 16 months ago by AgentMulderUK
4.0 out of 5 stars Clearly presented
I found this book very interesting because of the clear way in which Russell wrote. Although intended for philosophers (I presume), it will appeal to those new to the subject or... Read more
Published 16 months ago by John C Batey
5.0 out of 5 stars very thorough
very thorough approach to the problems of philosophy - bertrand russell at his best - how does he keep up such a high standard, and so understandable
Published 18 months ago by sopenar
4.0 out of 5 stars a good overview
I tried reading his History of Western philosophy about 20 years ago and did quite well getting about a third through it before something else grabbed my attention. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mr. Nj Mcallister
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