Problems of Philosophy
Study Questions and Essay Topics
Outline Russell's fundamental distinction between knowledge by acquaintance and knowledge by description.
What is idealism and how does Russell respond to its epistemic implications?
Distinguish the universal from the particular. How does each fit into Russell's theory of knowledge?
Suggested Essay Topics
How does the knowledge of things differ from knowledge of truths? Which one is subject to verification and error?
In what sense does Russell's philosophy suggest that the philosophical mode of enquiry benefits mankind or the general good?
Discuss Russell's analysis of the concept of a priori knowledge and how it is distinct from the concept of analyticity.
On Russell's view of our possibilities for knowledge, where is reality, in our subjective heads or independent of our minds?
What is sense-data and how do we come by it?
According to Russell, what types of investigation are fruitless in the philosophical quest for knowledge and what are some examples of these failed philosophical systems?
Russell develops a theory that truth consists in a correspondence between belief and fact. In light of his "Othello" proposition, of which the constituents are subject, objects, and object-relations, describe his comparison between belief and fact.
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