The Problems with Philosophy

  • by Bertrand Russell
  • Narrated by James Langton
  • 4 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Problems of Philosophy discusses Bertrand Russell's views on philosophy and the problems that arise in the field. Russell's views focus on knowledge rather than the metaphysical realm of philosophy. The Problems with Philosophy revolves around the central question that Russell asks in his opening line of Chapter 1 - Is there any knowledge in the world which is so certain that no reasonable man could doubt it? He examines this question by delving into the idea of reality versus appearance, as for Russell and other philosophers who share his ideas it is sensory perception of the world around them that shapes their knowledge. It is in this work that he discusses his idea of sense-data to help explain the differences between appearance and reality. The Problems of Philosophy is Russell's first attempt at recording and working through a theory of epistemology, which is the theory of the nature of human knowledge.
Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) was an English philosopher, logician, mathematician, social critic, and historian. He is remembered as being a leader in the British revolt against idealism, as well as a founding father of the field of analytic philosophy. He was also well known for his very public anti-war and anti-imperialist stances.

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Very interesting for sociology students and those who are interested in early philosophy. I suppose it's up to the individual to choose what is relevant and what is not.
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- Dingani

The problems with philosophy!

I'm sure there was some interesting philosophy here but could not hear past the monotone presentation by the reader. I gave up with two hours to go.
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- Jem

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-10-2012
  • Publisher: Harmonic Wave