The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell

The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell

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Turn-of-the-century philosopher Bertrand Russell wrote The Problems of Philosophy to bring his field of interest to the masses. His chief critique is that philosophy, generally speaking, tends to talk itself in circles and ask the same predictable questions.

To address this, Russell skips the metaphysical mumbo-jumbo used by his contemporaries, and instead roots his discourse in concrete knowledge. At the same time, Russell hearkens to his conceptual forebears, and introduces key philosophical concepts in ways John Doe can appreciate.

Even one hundred years since its first publication, The Problems of Philosophy is a fantastic starting point for anyone looking for an introduction to philosophy.