The problems of philosophy is a 1912 book by bertrand russell in which the author attempts to create a brief and accessible guide to the problems of philosophyfocusing on problems he believes will provoke positive and constructive discussion russell concentrates on knowledge rather than metaphysics if it is uncertain that external objects exist how can we then have knowledge of them but . The problems of philosophy one of the most popular works in russells prolific collection of writings has become core reading in philosophy clear 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. 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 centurys premier logicians. Preface 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 . The problems of philosophy is one of the first concrete expressions of analytic philosophy and it is in fact the first book of analytic philosophy whose main focus is central questions of epistemology and metaphysics two of the main branches of philosophy but best of all its a book that can be read for pleasure as well as profit by the general public undergraduate students graduate
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