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  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: BiblioLife (18 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0554370220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0554370224
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 23 x 15.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,116,895 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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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 April 2002
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I'm currently taking my final year in A level philosophy and I'd like to recommend this as a taster of philosophy that is a slightly more challenging read than the average textbook or 'teach yourself guide'. The language is clear and concise but the concepts are challenging and Russell really does engage the reader and gets you thinking about the problems he addresses, inspiring you to read more! A fairly short book, well worth reading whether you have ever come across philosophy before or not as it assumes no previous knowledge. An excellent read!
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 May 2001
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If you haven't read this yet, read it! The definite article in the title may be misleading; of course Russell does not tackle ALL the problems of philosophy - indeed who is to say what they all are? The book is mostly confined to problems of epistemology - i.e., what we can know. Having said this, it provides an excellent introduction to philosophy generally. There is nothing quite like Russell's crystal-clear prose style, which immediately gives a sense of the best philosophical writing. No doubt reading this will give you the urge to explore more philosophy; it really deserves its reputation as the best introduction to the subject from an anglophone point of view. (For "continental" philosophy, try Sartre's "Existentialism and Humanism".)
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2 of 2 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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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By H Shariff on 31 July 2005
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A fantastic, if not slightly intense introduction to the discipline of philosophy.
This is a book that will have as much value the first time read as every subsequent time. Deceptively concise because at close to 130 pages it manages to confront a vast number of philosophical positions, and unlike many other philosophical introductions forces the reader to actually understand the philosophical argumentation, as opposed to simply learning it. The strength of this work as an introduction isn't so much as an overview of epistemological theories but in the actual discipline of rigorous analytic thinking.
I highly enjoyed this work and it is perfect for any person with a serious interest in philosophy. A degree of familiarity with philosophical writing, or a philosophical dictionary may be needed to ensure a smooth and rewarding read, as Russell really is one of the most prolific, erudite and concise writers of modern times.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. J. Norman on 3 April 2003
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Russell, like Richard Dawkins, is such a lucid and persuasive writer that you have to make an effort to think carefully about whether what he is saying is right. John Skorupski's short introduction raises some of the objections to Russell's views (and Russell also points out a few problems in the appendix), but you should read the rest of the book before the introduction. Basically this is a tour through some problems in epistemology - Russell admits the book is only about subjects he feels able to be constructive about. Thought-provoking even if you don't agree with Russell's arguments - it's not a book you can read quickly if you're going to take it in properly, but you don't need any expert background either.
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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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