The Problems of Philosophy

The Problems of Philosophy

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The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell

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The Problems of Philosophy

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In the following pages I have confined myself in the main to those problems of philosophy in regard to which I thought it possible to say something positive and constructive, since merely negative criticism seemed out of place. For this reason, theory of knowledge occupies a larger space than metaphysics in the present volume, and some topics much discussed by philosophers are treated very briefly, if at all.

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table. Our next chapter, therefore, will be concerned with the reasons for supposing that there is a real table at all.

Before we go farther it will be well to consider for a moment what it is that we have discovered so far. It has appeared that, if we take any common object of the sort that is supposed to be known by the senses, what the senses immediately tell us is not the truth about the object as it is apart from us, but only the truth about certain sense-data which, so far as we can see, depend upon the relations between us and the object. Thus what we directly see and feel is merely 'appearance', which we believe to be a sign of some 'reality' behind. But if the reality is not what appears, have we any means of knowing whether there is any reality at all? And if so, have we any means of finding out what it is like?

Such questions are bewildering, and it is difficult to know that even the strangest hypotheses may not be true. Thus our familiar table, which has roused but the slig

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An Honours degree in the English language or a very large and comprehensive dictionary would certainly be helpful for those who wish to fully understand what this learned gentleman has to say.
I had neither and have therefore missed most of his points-I assume.

I have left this at three stars as it seems almost to be undecipherable to a mortal man.

I have little doubt that a person who could understand it would give it five stars however.
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