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An Outline of Philosophy

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Philosophy, Russell argues in An Outline of Philosophy, is concerned with the universe as a whole. Humanity demands consideration solely as the instrument by which we acquire knowledge of the universe. Russell illuminates the ways in which we are capable of knowledge and discovering natural laws with a discussion of perception, memory, learning in infants and animals and l ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published October 11th 1996 by Routledge (first published 1927)
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I always struggle reading philosophy. The ideas are big, the sentences are long, and there doesn't appear to be much of a point of it all. I find I don't actually pick much up from it, but I'm a stubborn whatsit, and keep trying in the hope that it will all make sense.

I got on better with Russell than with anyone else so far. His writing is accessible. (The Introduction actually explains that the book is based on a first-year introduction to philosophy class that he taught, so it's very much aim
Talha Absurd Minhas
As a Philosophy student, I like to think of ways I can get my hands on all quality philosophical works available to me. One thing that this book enables you is to identify a good book from an okay one; this is definitely a good one. Russell's goal in this book is to characteristically organize human thought and its value in its "universality". So, the book opens with a nice introduction to some of the philosophical doubts and develops into an analysis of psychological dynamics of human understan ...more
Oct 13, 2013 Shane rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Back in its day when the relevant new sciences were being discussed and worldviews altered to accommodate, this book would have been quite a revelation for most people. Today it is quite dated in some areas and the language a little too technical and wordy to be an easy read, plus the science has moved on since the 1930s (?) when this was first released. The core ideas are still interesting and I think, the dated science aside, that this would be an interesting book for someone who hasn't spent ...more
Luís Nunes
A scientific opinion is one which there is some reason to believe is true; an unscientific opinion is one which is held for some reason other than its probable truth.
–Bertrand Russell --
The only thing wrong with this book is that Russell tackles such a wide array of topics that one chapter heading itself could be expanded into a full length novel.
Aditya Kashyap
Precisely what the title reads. A true perspective on scientific philosophy
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