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Human Knowledge: Its Scope and Limits 2nd Edition

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ISBN-10: 0415083028
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"It is the nearest thing to a systematic philosophy written by one who does not believe in systems of philosophy. Its scope is encyclopedic . . . a joy to read."
-Sidney Hook, "The New York Times
"His intelligibility comes of stating things directly as he himself sees them, sharply defined and readily crystallized in the best English philosophical style."
-"Times Literary Supplement
"Of peculiar importance is that it is an exemplar, for the general reader, of Russell's special contribution to human knowledge. In it he applies with his usual lucidity and wit, the methods of inquiry, which he has done so much to develop, to the question of how we come to know whatever we do know about the universe."
-"The Observer

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Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) was born in England and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. His long career established him as one of the most influential philosophers, mathematicians, and social reformers of the twentieth century.
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  • Paperback: 548 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (June 26, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415083028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415083027
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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By D. Coyle on August 10, 2007
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To my knowledge, one of the best books ever written.

Russell's English has a wonderful, graceful clarity. But this is not an easy book to read. What does it mean to "know"? what do we know? how far can we be sure that we do in fact know? These are fundamental questions about human thought, and this book is an essential item in the library of anyone who is concerned with such questions.
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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, Mysticism and Logic, Why I am Not a Christian, Religion and Science, The Philosophy of Logical Atomism, The Analysis of Mind, Our Knowledge of the External World, etc.

He wrote in the Preface to this 1948 book, “The following pages are addressed not only or primarily to professional philosophers but to that much larger public which is interested in philosophical questions without being willing or able to devote more than a limited amount of time to considering them… I think it is unfortunate that during the last hundred and sixty years or so philosophy has come to be regarded almost as technical as mathematics.
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Russell is proclaimed as one of the foremost philosophers of the 19th century. He is certainly one of the clearest writers on philosophy and the subject of human knowledge. I found this text well organised and expressed in clear terms. It is possible that there have been advances in philosophy (and topically epistemology) since Russell wrote this work: however, modern texts in epistemology sometimes hide whatever message they are trying to convey in complex expression and academic "sounding" words.
This text is essential reading for those interested in what we humans can know, and how we can say we know it.
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