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  • Paperback: 193 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 728,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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



"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



"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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Clear and accessible, this little book is an intelligible and stimulating guide to those problems of philosophy which often mistakenly make the subject seem too lofty and abstruse for the lay mind.

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By Stuart on 12 Dec. 2012
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How on earth do you rate a classic! I enjoy Russell's erudition and like his arguments. It's interesting to compare his philosophy from the turn of the century with neuroscience one hundred years later.
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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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