Problems of Philosophy

Problems of Philosophy

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"Is there any knowledge in the world which is so certain that no reasonable man could doubt it?". Philosophy is the attempt to answer such ultimate questions, not carelessly and dogmatically, as we might deal with them in ordinary life, but critically, after analyzing how and why the questions arise in the first place and clarifying the assumptions and concepts on which they are based. This work, originally published in 1912, is an introduction to the theory of philosophical enquiry. It gives Russell's views on such subjects as the distinction between appearance and reality, the existence and nature of matter, idealism, knowledge by acquaintance and by description, induction, truth and falsehood, the distinction between knowledge, error and probable opinion, and the limits and value of philosophical knowledge. This new edition includes an introduction by John Skorupski contextualizing Russell's work, and a guide to further more

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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 12mm | 81.65g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New ed of 2 Revised ed
  • 0192892983
  • 9780192892980

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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 Timesshow more

Table of contents

Introduction (John Skorupski); Appearance and Reality; The Existence of Matter; The Nature of Matter; Idealism; Knowledge by Acquaintance and Knowledge by Description; On Induction; On Our Knowledge of General Principles; How A Priori Knowledge is Possible; The World of Universals; On Our Knowledge of Universals; On Intuitive Knowledge; Truth and Falsehood; Knowledge, Error, and Probable Opinion; The Limits of Philosophical Knowledge; The Value of Philosophy; Bibliographical Note; Appendix: Foreword to the German Edition; Guide to Further Reading (John Skorupski).show more

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Russell's masterpiece, first published in 1912, remains the most approachable and simultaneously profound introduction to the theory of philosophy. It concisely discusses the purpose of philosophical enquiry while detailing Russell's views on reality and appearance, idealism, induction and the value of philosophical knowledge. Whether one is in agreement with his conclusions or not, it is hard to imagine that anyone can have a complete approach to modern philosophy without addressing the problems that Russell raises. (Kirkus UK)show more

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