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The Value of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell

The Value of Philosophy

by Bertrand Russell

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Abridged Edition
Running Time
15 Min.
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  3.2  Stars Based on 13 ratings
Listen to the ideas of the great 20th century philosopher Bertrand Russell on "The Value of Philosophy", which comes from the final chapter of his 1912 book The Problems of Philosophy. In the essay he lays forth his conviction that although philosophy cannot come to any certain answers regarding the questions it asks, these questions are important in that they enlarge our views of the universe beyond the narrow viewpoints of practical men, who are concerned solely with the material world.

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A Simply Brilliant Definition
Reviewer Gus Albear
 August 14, 2008
Professor Russell's Value of Philosophy is a simple and brilliant definition of philosophic value. It descriptively defines the position of philosophy in intellectual history as an applicative method of generating what can be called "food for thought". It generates his subjective opinion on the matter in such a clear way that the opinion can, due to its non stipulative nature, and because of its descriptive constancy, be considered a "true" and probable programmatic definition. His language is clear and the lecture enlightening on the focus of philosophic value. It generates an interesting linguistic bridge between the Epistemic consequences of general philosophic thought and the mental development of the individual thinker through the generation of questions that allow for greater expansion of the mind's ability to think without there needing to be a physical application as the goal of the thought process.

The Value of Philosophy
Reviewer aprilpatton
 February 03, 2008
To me this is like a rollercoaster of words put together that doesn't make much since. I read this to myself three times then I listened to it on this website and I still don't like it. Maybe studing philosophy isn't for me.

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  • Published: 1912
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: T022918
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