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Free Resource (#292) - April 24th, 2007
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The Value of Philosophy

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.

The piece is well read by Paul Sunderland. You can now download this excerpt directly from LearnOutLoud on MP3!

The Value of Philosophy

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