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Human Knowledge : Its Scope and Value - Bertrand Russell

Human Knowledge

Its Scope and Value

By: Bertrand Russell, John Slater (Introduction by)

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"Human Knowledge" is Bertrand Russell's classic examination of the relation between individual experience and the general body of scientific knowledge. It presents a rigorous examination of the problems of an empiricist epistemology. This paperback edition includes a new introduction by John G. Slater.

"It is the nearest thing to a systematic philosophy written by one who does not believe in systems of philosophy. Its scope is encyclopedic . . . a joy to read." -Sidney Hook, "The New York Times "His intelligibility comes of stating things directly as he himself sees them, sharply defined and readily crystallized in the best English philosophical style." -"Times Literary Supplement "Of peculiar importance is that it is an exemplar, for the general reader, of Russell's special contribution to human knowledge. In it he applies with his usual lucidity and wit, the methods of inquiry, which he has done so much to develop, to the question of how we come to know whatever we do know about the universe." -"The Observer

Introductionp. 9
The World of Science
Individual and Social Knowledgep. 17
The Universe of Astronomyp. 23
The World of Physicsp. 29
Biological Evolutionp. 43
The Physiology of Sensation and Volitionp. 51
The Science of Mindp. 57
Language
The Uses of Languagep. 71
Ostensive Definitionp. 78
Proper Namesp. 87
Egocentric Particularsp. 100
Suspended Reactions: Knowledge and Beliefp. 109
Sentencesp. 119
External Reference of Ideas and Beliefsp. 123
Truth: Elementary Formsp. 127
Logical Words and Falsehoodp. 136
General Knowledgep. 146
Fact, Belief, Truth, and Knowledgep. 159
Science and Perception
Knowledge of Facts and Knowledge of Lawsp. 180
Solipsismp. 191
Probable Inference in Common-sense Practicep. 198
Physics and Experiencep. 211
Time in Experiencep. 226
Space in Psychologyp. 233
Mind and Matterp. 240
Scientific Concepts
Interpretationp. 251
Minimum Vocabulariesp. 259
Structurep. 267
Structure and Minimum Vocabulariesp. 274
Time, Public and Privatep. 284
Space in Classical Physicsp. 295
Space-Timep. 305
The Principle of Individuationp. 310
Causal Lawsp. 326
Space-time and Causalityp. 337
Probability
Kinds of Probabilityp. 356
Mathematical Probabilityp. 362
The Finite-Frequency Theoryp. 368
The Mises-Reichenbach Theoryp. 380
Keynes's Theory of Probabilityp. 390
Degrees of Credibilityp. 398
Probability and Inductionp. 418
Postulates of Scientific Inference
Kinds of Knowledgep. 439
The Role of Inductionp. 451
The Postulate of Natural Kindsp. 456
Knowledge Transcending Experiencep. 463
Causal Linesp. 471
Structure and Causal Lawsp. 479
Interactionp. 494
Analogyp. 501
Summary of Postulatesp. 506
The Limits of Empiricismp. 516
Indexp. 528
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ISBN: 9780415083027
ISBN-10: 0415083028
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 548
Published: 16th May 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.69
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition