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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc; 2nd edition edition (1 Aug. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019511552X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195115529
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 1.8 x 13.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,689,789 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

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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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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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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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This is such a good book to have nearby; it is small and easy to read. Russell starts by considering the attributes of his table and pointing out several obvious aspects of this or any other object: hardness, colour, surface, etc. Then leads us to the (also obvious) notion that all perceptible qualities of any object are not those of its constituent parts. Ultimately, the atoms that form an object do not have, as intrinsic features hardness, solidity, colour or anything that we observe with senses! The attributes that we observe are those of a large number of its parts; hardness for example is something extra! It gives support to the idea that "the whole is more than the sum of its parts!" Have a good read...
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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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