The problems of philosophy
In the following pages, I have confined myself in the main to those problems of philosophy. I thought it possible to say something positive and constructive since merely negative criticism seemed out of place. For this reason, the 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.
I have derived valuable assistance from unpublished writings of Mr. G. E. Moore and Mr J. M. Keynes: from the former, as re- =gards the relations of sense-data to physical objects, and from the latter regarding probability and induction. I have also profited greatly from the criticisms and suggestions of Professor Gilbert Murray.
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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.
- APPEARANCE AND REALITY . . 9
- THE EXISTENCE OF MATTER . . 26
- THE NATURE OF MATTER ... 42
- IDEALISM 58
- KNOWLEDGE BY ACQUAINTANCE AND KNOWLEDGE BY DESCRIPTION . . 72
- ON INDUCTION ..... 93
- ON OUR KNOWLEDGE OF GENERAL PRINCIPLES ..... 109