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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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Mind, Matter and Reality

As an average person with only vague notions of philosophy, I shall not pretend to have understood all the details at the first hearing, although I have read the book long ago. Philosophical notions cannot be had in tiny bits, they tend to be tied up in a whole net of other notions. But you have to start somewhere, and this famous little book deals with the fundamental questions in a simple, unpretentious manner.
James Langton`s polite, friendly, relaxed manner and his perfect elocution will encourage listeners to come back again and again. For these questions remain at the core of human existence.

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