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The Problems of Philosophy

Russell, Bertrand

Published: 1912

Categorie(s): Non-Fiction, Philosophy

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About Russell:

Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, OM, FRS (18 May

1872 – 2 February 1970), was a British philosopher, logician, mathem-

atician, historian, religious sceptic, social reformer, socialist and pacifist.

Although he spent the majority of his life in England, he was born in

Wales, where he also died. Russell led the British "revolt against idealism" in the early 1900s and is considered one of the founders of analytic philosophy along with his protégé Wittgenstein and his elder Frege. He

co-authored, with A. N. Whitehead, Principia Mathematica, an attempt

to ground mathematics on logic. His philosophical essay "On Denoting"

has been considered a "paradigm of philosophy." Both works have had a considerable influence on logic, mathematics, set theory, linguistics and

analytic philosophy. He was a prominent anti-war activist, championing

free trade between nations and anti-imperialism. Russell was imprisoned

for his pacifist activism during World War I, campaigned against Adolf

Hitler, for nuclear disarmament, criticised Soviet totalitarianism and the United States of America's involvement in the Vietnam War. In 1950,

Russell was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, "in recognition of his varied and significant writings in which he champions humanitarian

ideals and freedom of thought."

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Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays (1918)

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Preface

In the following pages I have confined myself in the main to those prob-

lems 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 lar-

ger space than metaphysics in the present volume, and some topics

much discussed by philosophers are treated very briefly, if at all.

I have derived valuable assistance from unpublished writings of G. E.

Moore and J. M. Keynes: from the former, as regards the relations of

sense-data to physical objects, and from the latter as regards probability and induction. I have also profited greatly by the criticisms and sugges-tions of Professor Gilbert Murray.

1912

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