The Value of Philosophy is taken from the final chapter of Bertrand Russell's larger 1912 work "Problems of Philosophy". Russell devoted much of his life to making philosophy accessible to everyone, and here he guides us through the various problems that are addressed by philosophical inquiry. In this excerpt, he explains why we should even value the practice at all and why it is vital to both general readers and scholars alike.
About Bertrand Russell:
Bertrand Russell (18 May 1872 – 2 February 1970), was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician and advocate for social reform. A prolific writer, he was also a populariser of philosophy and a controversial commentator on the major issues that affected 20th century life and culture.
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