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The Problems of Philosophy

By Bertrand Russell

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| Paperback | 9780192854230

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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 Continue

'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 analysing how and why the questions arise and clarifying the assumptions and concepts on which they are based. This classic work, first published in 1912, has never been supplanted as an approachable 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, and the limits and value of philosophical knowledge. This edition includes an introduction by John Skorupski contextualizing Russell's work, and a guide to further reading.

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    Chiaro, scorrevole, spesso divertente, solo a volte un po' complesso. Non un manuale di filosofia per addetti ai lavori ma neppure un manuale di filosofia for dummies: è piuttosto una scampagnata a braccetto con Russell tra i classici problemi ...(continue)

    Chiaro, scorrevole, spesso divertente, solo a volte un po' complesso. Non un manuale di filosofia per addetti ai lavori ma neppure un manuale di filosofia for dummies: è piuttosto una scampagnata a braccetto con Russell tra i classici problemi della conoscenza.
    Ma questo vero tavolo, alla fine, esiste o no?

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    rfranz said on May 19, 2012 | Add your feedback

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    I found this very thought provoking and especially so after having just read Hume's An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding.

    Russell treats mainly of how we can know and what we can know (epistemology). This underpins all the main is ...(continue)

    I found this very thought provoking and especially so after having just read Hume's An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding.

    Russell treats mainly of how we can know and what we can know (epistemology). This underpins all the main issues that determine how we evaluate science and religion, for example, and he entertains us with lucid, reachable examples.

    I also enjoyed Russell's overview and evaluation of the current standing of the respective legacies of the empiricists (like Hume) and the rationalists.

    This is a short but dense text which I found on the whole quite easy to read. It will be especially enjoyable and useful to those of a sceptical or secular bent, and stands as a classic text supporting religiously heterodox ideas, or heresies, if you prefer.

    By all accounts, this introduction to philosophy still stands as one of all-time classics.

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    Ramnagel said on Nov 15, 2011 | Add your feedback

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  • English Books
  • Paperback 130 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 0192854232
  • ISBN-13: 9780192854230
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publish date: 2001-03-15
  • Dimensions: 64 mm x 832 mm x 1,263 mm
  • Also available as: Hardcover , Others , eBook
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