Analysis of the Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell

Appearance and Reality

Russell questions the absoluteness of knowledge and the discernment of the problem in Philosophy.

What is the distinction between appearance and reality? Things which are known by perception are labeled as sense data. The collection of all physical objects is called matter.

Russell quotes the Philosopher Berkeley who said objects do not exist outside the senses. This I think is a deception. Objects exist independently of the senses and come into purview if we are cognizing or perceiving them.

Russell describes the problem of appearance as being philosophical. Is the reality of seeing a thing real? What happens to appearance when we approach its microscopic or macroscopic composition? For example: the size and heat of the sun increases as we go closer to it.

The Existence of Matter

The author introduces Descartes who used to systematically doubt and through his doubting came to the conclusion-I think therefore

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Society, Politics & Philosophy

Academic Philosophy

Bertrand Russell made a very true observation when he stated that:

‘Morally, a philosopher who uses his professional competence for anything except a disinterested search for truth is guilty of a kind of treachery’.

An academic paper you won’t find within our academic philosophy section of the Society, Politics and Philosophy category was written by Steven Yates and entitled ‘Academic Philosophy Today: Thanks, But No Thanks’. Steven Yates has a PhD in Philosophy and published a vitriolic treatise outlining his disgust at what he saw academic philosophy degenerating into. As it happens, I agree with him. One book of his you will find there is ‘Civil Wrongs: What Went Wrong with Affirmative Action’. Basically, Steven Yates writes exactly what other people are thinking – and he does it quite acerbically!

When we think of civil rights one of the first things to spring to mind is racial d

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Philosophical and Practical Approach for Balancing Issues


Philosophy is the study of general and essential problems. For instance, problems associated with the mind, knowledge, language and values, reality, reason, and existence. Philosophy differs from reality in that it relies and focuses mostly on rational matters of argument. In other words, a person’s philosophy may refer to the several beliefs held by the person or the love for wisdom by the person. On the other hand, real situations appear more complicated than what philosophy reveals. Most of the time reality approaches issues in a rigid manner whereas philosophy approaches issues in an open manner. This suggests that reality or practical approaches to solving problems usually shows limitations in seeking solutions to issues by applying a provided set of rules whereas philosophical or argumentative approaches to problem solving normally shows exploration of probable options and alternatives to seeking solutions to problems.

There are many cases of p

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Landlords: What Is Your Pricing Philosophy, And Why?

Many people realize, investing in real estate, if done, in a prepared, knowledgable, realistic way, is an important component, in their overall investment portfolio. However, it also requires, instead of being greedy, a smart landlord/ investor, must fully examine, and delve deeply/ discover, a pricing philosophy/ policy, which maximizes the potential return, in a reasonable, rationale, pragmatic manner. There are many considerations, to consider, but, rather, than proceed, either focused on greed, or a degree of laziness, doesn’t it make sense, to proceed, with a logical policy, which will best serve, your best interests? With that in mind, this article will attempt to briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, some of the central considerations, etc.

1. How many similar properties do you own, in the area? When asked why, so many landlords, refuse to reduce their rents, in order to attract tenants (especially, when it comes to storefronts, and of

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The "Do Do" Philosophy (No Procrastination)

Ivy Lee, the efficiency expert made lists as his way of dealing with procrastination. There are certain things we need to organize if we genuinely want to get them done, right down to shopping lists and laundry. I get it. So, when I write about the “do do” philosophy, I am writing about the opposite of the “do not do until later philosophy” right down to not realistically finishing everything of importance that we start and doing everything putting our whole heart, mind and spiritual power into it. My point is that all deadlines, objectives, and goals are really created by ourselves to prioritize reality. I know, that sounds somewhat redundant, but, I am reiterating a reality that works for all equally, if you put something important off, you have to do it later and more intensely with more mistakes probably because you are rushing to do it right, and in time to make a deadline. I am mentioning here sort of a “Murphy’s Law”

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Philosophy Audio Book Review – Great Minds and Thoughts of Philosophical History

Would you like to really get a handle on the subject of philosophy? I mean really get to know the subject, the famous names, and the root of their thoughts? If so, let me recommend an excellent audio series to you, one that is so good, you’ll want to keep it on your bookshelf when you complete your listening to it:

“The Great Ideas of Philosophy (Second Edition)” of the Great Courses 0f Philosophy and Intellectual History by Professor Daniel N. Robinson Ph.D. Oxford; The Teaching Company Limited Partnership Audio Series; Chantilly, VA; 2004. ISBN: 1-56585-981-2.

This is a five part series, and it is 60 lessons The lectures are roughly 30 hours of lectures and it comes on thirty CD ROMS. It is extremely comprehensive and moves very fast, and it must be listened to in complete silence, with full attention and probably best listened to in the dark. If not, if any distraction you will not be able to follow along. This series is one of the

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How Does Wittgenstein Understand Philosophy?

Does it still make any sense to maintain dividing lines or boundaries between sciences or disciplines? In other words, are epistemological hierarchies still valid? Wouldn’t it be more productive, starting with teaching, that the narratives were free of barriers between them? As knowledge advances, themes expand and intertwine.To the point that we can affirm that the current knowledge ends up reflecting our ignorance much more than our answer to the various problems. In fact, the most profound questions remain open for discussion.

I believe this is a blessing in at least two ways. First, at any moment, new “truths” can be reached – albeit provisional, which can be translated by the classic expression of the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951): “to point out the bottle”. Second, it is necessary to recognize that this unfinished search allows us to be rationally free from the dominion of other men. At this point, we can say, t

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Through Science and Philosophy to Religion – In Search of Wisdom by Mr FR Ansari

The author has nicely constructed the plot of one of the thought provoking intellectual discourse in his book “Through Science and Philosophy to Religion”. The author has started his discussion by highlighting the problems of human life which he has categorized between immediate and ultimate. According to him immediate problems are concerned with the day to day affairs such politics, economics and social welfare while the ultimate problems are concerned with humans and the universe. Multiple questions about the origin and objective behind the creation of human and universe and about the relationship between both of them have propelled in the brains of human.

According to the author Science, Philosophy and Religion are the three possible approaches to find out answers to these critical questions. In the next part the author has questioned the validation of science and philosophy as the optimum source of knowledge and he has presented multiple reasons to decl

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A Review of "Metallica and Philosophy"

The book that is the subject of this review is Metallica and Philosophy: A Crash Course in Brain Surgery, edited by William Irwin and published 2007. It is part of a growing genre of books that examine such pop culture icons as The Matrix movies, the Lord of the Rings series, The Simpsons television show, and others through the lens of philosophy. The book is made up of a series of twenty short essays examining the band Metallica, the interpersonal relationships between the members, and the lyrics in the context of some of the main ideas of Western Philosophy.

The main purpose of the book, and the series as a whole, is to introduce the average reader to the “great ideas” of philosophy while providing a more entertaining venue. Philosophy is very often studied only in places of higher learning and only grudgingly by its students, who must force themselves to delve deeply into the reading material and gain what insight they can. Knowledge of this sort does no

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The Two Sides Of Philosophy

Philosophy is anthropocentric because it uses man as the measure to understand the universe. In my opinion this does not necessarily have to be wrong.. Man has been created in the image of God and as such he is the crown of creation; unlike the otherwise mightier angels. However, a truthful philosophy is also theocentric, because one’s view of God determines every aspect of one’s life.

Philosophy, then, tries to understand the universe in the light of God’s and man’s character.. The true philosophy will keep God and man in balance, as the second great commandment is equal to the first. Corrupt philosophies either overemphasise one side or the other to various degrees, or compose dualisms of these various lopsidednesses; as if a man could walk on two crooked crutches!.

So deistic rationalism is too anthropocentric in that God is pictured as too transcendent to impart knowledge directly to us. In that case we are left to the devices of our own min

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