An Outline of Philosophy (Routledge Classics) 1st Edition

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‘A book which we cannot afford to miss if we think at all.’ - The Spectator

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Bertrand Russell (1872-1970). The leading British Philosopher of the twentieth century, who made major contributions to the area of logic and epistemology. Politically active and habitually outspoken, his ethical principles twice lead to imprisonment.

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  • Series: Routledge Classics
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (April 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415473454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415473453
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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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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Bertrand Arthur William Russell (1872-1970) was an influential British philosopher, logician, mathematician, and political activist. In 1950, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, in recognition of his many books such as A History of Western Philosophy, The Problems of Philosophy, The Philosophy of Logical Atomism, The Analysis of Mind, Our Knowledge of the External World, Human Knowledge: Its Scope and Limits, Mysticism and Logic, etc.

[NOTE: page numbers below refer to a 317-page paperback edition.]

He begins this book (first edition, 1920) by saying, “The definition of ‘philosophy’ will vary… all that we can say to begin with is that there are certain problems… which do not… belong to any of the special sciences. These problems are all such as to raise doubts concerning what commonly passes for knowledge… Philosophy arises from an unusually obstinate attempt to arrive at real knowledge.
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Bertrand Arthur William Russell (1872-1970) was an influential British philosopher, logician, mathematician, and political activist. In 1950, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, in recognition of his many books such as A History of Western Philosophy, The Problems of Philosophy, The Philosophy of Logical Atomism, The Analysis of Mind, Our Knowledge of the External World, Human Knowledge: Its Scope and Limits, Mysticism and Logic, etc.

[NOTE: page numbers below refer to a 317-page paperback edition.]

He begins this book (first edition, 1920) by saying, “The definition of ‘philosophy’ will vary… all that we can say to begin with is that there are certain problems… which do not… belong to any of the special sciences. These problems are all such as to raise doubts concerning what commonly passes for knowledge… Philosophy arises from an unusually obstinate attempt to arrive at real knowledge.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Viraga on August 3, 2000
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The definition of philosophy varies according to the philosophy we adopt, says Russell. So then --- there are some general problems which people find interesting, and which do not belong to any of the special sciences, and these problems raise doubts about what we consider knowledge. The definition and exploration of this problems is philosophy. With this introduction, Russell discusses some problems: the physical world, man from without (environment), man from within (consciousness, emotions, ethics etc) and so on. An outline is clearly limited, and Russell does not include many branches of philosophical enquiry such as metaphysical inquiry and some aspects of authority and state. But within its constraints, the book is still a good read.
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