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read The Problems of Philosophy The Problems of Philosophy summary ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF free read ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ↠ Bertrand Russell R and accessible this little book is an intelligible and stimulating guide to those problems of philosophy which often mistakenly make the subject seem too lofty and abstruse for the lay mind Focusing on problems he believes will provoke positive and constructive discussion Russell s. Bertrand Russell is such a gentleman He writes in lucid clear prose filled with insight and occasional brilliance He manages to compress enormous complex debates into just a few paragraphs and belies an encyclopedic knowledge of Western philosophy The book is a gem and sparkles with subtlety and charmBut gentlemen can be dry His prose marches forward but never leaps and dances his mind is a logical machine impervious to emotion his philosophy is not a philosophy of life and art but of knowledge and truth He has prostrated himself on the altar of logic and bathed his spirit in the eternal light of rationality To be a philosopher for him is to be a citizen of the universe to free one s mind from the shackles of custom and history through purgative contemplation It all sounds very niceReally though we do have some profound thinking here Russell is asking a basic uestion what is the nature of knowledge Added to this is what can we know and how can we know it Of course these are tricky uestions and it is impossible to give airtight answers Russell however manages to give the reader a satisfying montage of the many ways these uestions have been answered as well as his own attempt Characteristic of our gentleman he upholds the view of the common man and defends the usual accepted view of knowledge But if he did this in a common way we wouldn t be talking about him would we

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read The Problems of Philosophy The Problems of Philosophy summary ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF free read ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ↠ Bertrand Russell Teers the reader through his famous 1910 distinction betwween knowledge by acuaintance and knowledge by description and introduces important theories of Descartes Kant Hegel Hume Locke Plato and others to lay the foundation for philosophical inuiry by general readers and scholars ali. Turns out that philosophy has many problems

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read The Problems of Philosophy The Problems of Philosophy summary ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF free read ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ↠ Bertrand Russell Bertrand Russell was one of the greatest logicians since Aristotle and one of the most important philosophers of the past two hundred years The Problems of Philosophy one of the most popular works in Russell's prolific collection of writings has become core reading in philosophy Clea. The Problems of Philosophy was written in 1912 as an early attempt by its author to create a brief and accessible guide to the problems of philosophy Bertrand Russell is considered to be one of the founders of analytic philosophy and is also widely held to be one of the 20th century s premier logicians He is generally thought to be one of the most important philosophers of the past two hundred years Extremely prolific and influential he was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1950 Not only was he a leading philosopher with a long and distinguished career but during his life he was a prominent figure in various political and social causes such as nuclear disarmament He remained politically active almost to the end of his life writing to and exhorting world leaders to actions and lending his name to various causes He was a passionate and remarkable man with a huge intellect But was he the best person to write an introduction to philosophy for the novice Possibly not Bertrand Russell was a philosopher not a teacher Ironically he may perhaps have been just too interested in his subject to write a primer in philosophy This work seems to fall between several stools In part it is a survey of western philosophy briefly summarising those philosophers he considers to have contributed the most to philosophy He starts by introducing the crux of the important philosophical theories of Bishop George Berkeley 1685 1753 who posed the uestion what is the difference between appearance and reality Russell maintains that we must differentiate between sensation sense data and matter to be clear But the uestion posed by Berkeley was Is there any such thing as matter His final answer to this was that matter is merely an idea in the mind of God who then allows us to experience it with our sensations Berkeley an Anglo Irish philosopher is remembered along with John Locke and David Hume as one of the three most famous British Empiricists They maintained that all our knowledge is derived from experience Berkeley s primary achievement was the advancement of the theory he called immaterialism or idealism considering that the physical world only exists while it is being perceived The reason for Russell to begin this book here is clearly historical Berkeley forms the basis for much of present day philosophical enuiry But it must be said that his conclusions which Russell kindly goes on to point out are flawed seem very alien to a modern mind In a later section Russell details what he calls Bishop Berkeley s fallacy He says that there is a confusion between the 2 meanings of idea Berkeley makes the word to refer both to the acts of apprehension and also to the things apprehended It is vitally important to make a distinction between the act and the object Russell says claiming that This is the true analysis of Berkeley s argument and the ultimate fallacy upon which it restsRussell then introduces Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz 1646 1716 a German philosopher and mathematician whose contention was that matter is a colony or collection of souls The theories seem to be becoming even abstruse and drifting off into the realms of metaphysics rather than introducing us to develop a clear method of thought and analysis Perhaps that too was in Russell s mind as he skims lightly through Leibniz s theories reminding both himself and the reader of his primary task with this book Philosophy if it cannot answer so many uestions as we would wish has at least the power of asking uestions which increase the interest of the world and show the strangeness and wonder lying just below the surface even in the commonest things of daily life We are now back on track as Russell introduces Descartes 1596 1650 the founder of modern Philosophy Ren Descartes was a French philosopher mathematician and writer who spent most of his life in the Dutch Republic He invented the method of systematic doubting Russell says of Descartes He would believe nothing which he did not see uite clearly and distinctly to be true If it was possible to doubt it then he would doubt until he saw reason to not doubt it His contention was that the most subjective things are the most certain I think therefore I am Both Descartes and Leibniz were rationalists They claimed that in addition to what we know by experience there are certain innate ideas and innate principles which we know independently of experience Russell again lets us know what he thinks saying that logical principles are an example of this being known to us and not provable by experience since all proof presupposes them In this he says the rationalists were in the rightHe then moves on to Immanuel Kant 1724 1804 a German Prussian philosopher who took the rationalists views and developed them further Before Kant all knowledge was thought to be analytic in that the predicate is obtained by merely analysing the subject All a priori judgements were thought to be like this The law of contradiction that something can not at the same time have and not have a certain property covered everything Hume who preceded Kant had disagreed saying that many so called analytic cases especially cause and effect were really synthetic Whereas the rationalists had thought that the effect could be logically deduced from the cause if only we had sufficient knowledge Hume maintained that this is not so He thought nothing could therefore be known a priori about the connection of cause and effect Kant took this a step further Not only cause and effect but but all arithmetic and geometry he considered is synthetic not analytic This is because no analysis of the subject will reveal the predicate For example 7512 But 7 and 5 have to be put together to make 12 The idea of 12 is not contained in them and neither is it contained in the idea of putting them together Therefore all pure Maths although a priori is synthetic As well as the observation that all a priori knowledge does not have to be analytic Russell says Kant recognised the importance of the theory of knowledgeWe are told that when Kant came along his theories were a reversal in the philosophical orthodoxy A relationship had previously been thought to pertain between the object analysed and the subject that analyses it Truth or reality was in the external world Kant differentiated between the physical object or what he termed the thing in itself and our own nature what Russell called the sense data The difference came when Kant regarded the material of sensation as due to the object Russell explains that he thought What we supply is the arrangement in space and time So all our sense data he thought result from our own natures The thing in itself is essentially unknowable What is known is our experience of the object which Kant calls the phenomenon or a joint product of us and the thing in itself In this way he tried to harmonise the rationalists with the empiricistsUnexpectedly Russell then goes back to Classical Greece to Plato 427 347 BC Russell says relations relationships are different from physical objects from our minds and also from sense data This conceptual link leads him back to Plato s theory of ideas or forms the idea of finding the pure essence of something eg whiteness They are not in a mind but just an idea eg justice Russell says It is eternally itself immutable and indestructible Plato s world is supra sensible Russell says that The only true world for Plato is the world of ideas This has been developed into many mystical theories which Russell does not go into having decided that they are beyond the scope of this book Plato s theory of forms he says led to later theories of universals Russell calls abstract ideas universalsAt this point Russell seems to distance himself from previous philosophical schools and there follow several interesting chapters which detail Russell s own theories to do with knowledge of truths and knowledge by acuaintance Knowledge by acuaintance and knowledge by description form knowledge of things which exist He further subdivides knowledge by acuaintance into acuaintance by sense data memory introspection and probably he says by self or that which is aware of these things Then there is acuaintance with universals or general ideas A universal of which we are aware he calls a concept He differentiates between universals and particulars saying that descriptions always start from particulars with which we are acuainted but In logic on the contrary where we are concerned not merely with what does exist but with whatever might or could exist or be no reference to actual particulars is involved In this way knowledge by descriptions enables us to pass beyond the limits of our private experienceRussell then gives a detailed explanation of the principle of induction Although Hume did a lot of work on inductive reasoning and the theory dates back to ancient times Russell seems to have abandoned telling the reader the the historical background to these theories and is keen to go into the logical analysis of them When applying the principle of induction we make a series of observations and infer a new claim based on them It is to do with the number of times something has been observed to be associated with something else but never found separately dissociated from that thing The greater the number of cases in which two have been associated the greater the probability that they will be associated in a new case in which one of them is known to be present He goes on to observe that in our daily lives we tend to apply the inductive principle as a matter of course All our conduct is based on associations which have worked in the past and which we therefore regard as likely to work in the future and this likelihood is dependent for its validity upon the inductive principle The general principles of science such as the belief in the reign of law and the belief that every event must have a cause are as completely dependent upon the inductive principle as are the beliefs of daily lifeRussell then introduces tools of the trade The inductive principle is a logical principle but so are self evident logical principles which we employ in our laws of thought These are the law of identity whatever is is the law of contradiction nothing can both be and not be and the law of excluded middle everything must either be or not be He also takes account of intuitive knowledge if it is consistently verifiable by the inductive principle and coherence although he makes the point that it can easily merge into probable opinion What we firmly believe if it is true is called knowledge provided it is either intuitive or inferred logically or psychologically from intuitive knowledge from which it follows logically What we firmly believe if it is not true is called error What we firmly believe if it is neither knowledge not error and also what we believe hesitatingly because it is or is derived from something which has not the highest degree of self evidence may be called probable opinion Thus the greater part of what would commonly pass as knowledge is or less probable opinionApproaching the end of his overview Russell introduces the German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel 1770 1831 a major figure in idealism Hegel s view was that everything short of the whole is fragmentary and incapable of existing without the complement supplied by the rest of the world A metaphysician can see the whole of reality in outline from one piece or fragment of it To a reader this may feel as though we are back where we started with Berkeley Hegel asserts that if we think of something its incompleteness provides us with uestions Then by hypothesising and forming a new complete theory which answers these or at least presents fewer contradictions this is the synthesis of the original idea and its antithesis This will still not be wholly complete so the process is repeated until the absolute idea is revealed which describes absolute reality as one views the whole God sees an eternal perfect unchanging spiritual unity Russell says Hegel reaches the conclusion that Absolute Reality forms one single harmonious system not in space or time not in any degree evil wholly rational and wholly spiritual Any appearance to the contrary in the world we know can be proved logicallyto be entirely due to our fragmentary piecemeal view of the universeRussell maintains that he will not go into metaphysics but confine himself to the philosophy of knowledge epistemology Frustratingly though as soon as Russell attempts to present a simple version of other philosophers views he cannot help but put his own slant on their views Sometimes this is overt and he will happily say where in his opinion the earlier philosopher got it right or wrong and why But he freuently forgets his audience As well as struggling with the new definitions and new concepts the reader is trying to disentangle what is an earlier view and what Russell s In the course of his overview of historical philosophical standpoints Russell observes Whoever wishes to become a philosopher must learn not to be frightened by absurdities That is good advice for a new philosopher particularly one in the 21st century In many ways this book represented the philosophical orthodoxy at the time of writing but some early theories must have seemed almost as remote to readers then as they are to us now When a reader keeps being distracted by doubts to think that they don t understand a position such as Berkeley s Mind of God the truth may well be that they just don t agree with it But it can be the hardest discipline for this reason that the budding philosopher has to continually suspend their disbelief in a theory But in general as a first attempt to get to grips with an unfamiliar and intellectually rigorous subject this historical focus is a distraction What a newcomer needs is the tools for the job Philosophy like any other academic discipline has its own terminology Also words such as innate which have a meaning in psychology have an entirely different meaning in philosophy Empiricist and rationalist have also been appropriated by philosophy to have very specific meanings which are at variance with their everyday ones Russell tries to introduce the correct approach to tackling philosophical problems to both define the terms and the analytical method to lay the foundations for further philosophical studies However he has to spend an inordinate amount of time in defining his terms explaining the nice and extremely subtle distinctions before any headway can be made He uses simplistic words such as so and so and the sentences end up as incredibly convoluted with many clauses and subclauses Several times a diagrammatic representation would have made something a lot clearer His search for clarity is a big part of why Russell s writing in this volume seems so convoluted and wordy Because of Russell s enthusiasm for his subject he delights in presenting his own viewpoint at every turn The reader might find that Russell has forgotten that he is dealing with newcomers to the field and presupposes a greater knowledge forgetting that he has never used a term such as synthetic in its philosophical sense before The reader may feel by the end that they have read the book a dozen times back and forth to accurately abstract its meaningBasically Russell is trying to come at the problem from two different angles and covering too much ground He mistakenly thinks that by interjecting an overview of the main philosophical movements that will make the book interesting It does not it is overly ambitious It makes it even dense and should probably have been a completely separate work It is clear that Russell is trying very hard to make the book accessible as he is doing when he puts in his little jokes about earwigs and breakfast But simplicity is the key The final chapters of the book make Russell s own case for studying philosophy as an academic discipline He maintains that we do not study philosophy to discover definite answers to uestions but for the uestions themselves This book itself needs to be read with a certain historical perspective it may once have been a core text but advances in scientific areas such as uantum physics which was in its infancy when Russell was writing this may have made certain theories of philosophy redundant Russell acknowledges this fact himself Philosophy aims atthe kind of knowledge which gives unity and system to the body of the sciencesfrom a critical examination of the grounds of our convictions prejudices and beliefs As soon as definite knowledge concerning any subject becomes possible this subject ceases to be philosophy and becomes a separate science A much earlier example of this lies in the studies by Ancient Greeks such as Aristotle of what they called Natural Philosophy but what we from our later perspective call Science It seems strange to study an area in which once the answers are evident the earlier reasonings become redundant It is a task which is intellectually rigorous and never obvious but essentially frustrating Russell does however provides a perfect justification for such a tough task While diminishing our feeling of certainty as to what things are it greatly increases our knowledge as to what they might be it removes the somewhat arrogant dogmatism of those who have never travelled into the region of liberating doubt and it keeps alive our sense of wonder by showing familiar things in an unfamiliar aspectPerhaps it would be preferable to have knowledge of these commonly discussed philosophical areas before reading this book One possible approach to this book may be to read around each chapter and then come back to this book for Russell s views on it Or if it is read as a sort of revision of lengthier works it may be that it can then be properly appreciated It may also be an ideal book for someone who wants to get back into studying the subject and needs reminding of the main areas and schools of thought But for anyone completely new to the area and wanting an introduction to analytical philosophy there is probably a much simpler book available nowadays The lasting impression given is that Bertrand Russell is just far too interested in his subject to the point of being frustrated by his own book He is having difficulty in restraining himself from going into each area in great detail Also areas he does not want to consider he refers to sketchily and then uickly moves on without defining them properly But this is a hopeless way to write for a beginner to read Concepts have to be explained or not referred to at all In the final analysis a primer of philosophy would perhaps be accessibly written by a teacher of philosophy

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  • The Problems of Philosophy
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  • 22 October 2018
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