Review: Russell’s The Problems of Philosophy

The Problems of Philosophy
Bertrand Russell

It can feel ridiculous sometimes to review a foundational text such a Russell’s the Problem of Philosophy. Who am I to critique the work of one of the world’s greatest philosophers? I’m just a kid from a small town with a public education. Still, here’s my two cents.

This is Russell’s very short introduction into the workings of philosophy, looking briefly (and a bit superficially) at the nature of knowledge, with name drops of many of the big dogs in the field. I believe the book is supposed to function as a kind of appetizer, get the reader interested in the subject of philosophy, and then deal with the subject in more depth in other works.

A good first book if you’re thinking about taking philosophy serious, probably best avoided if you already take it seriously.

Recommended for the enthusiast.


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