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  • jimstuart46
    Raza, With regard to Bertrand Russell s History of Western Philosophy , you write: How is a history of philosophy supposed to guide you on philosophical
    Message 1 of 3 , Sep 10, 2007
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      Raza,

      With regard to Bertrand Russell's "History of Western Philosophy", you
      write:

      "How is a history of philosophy supposed to guide you on philosophical
      questions? At best, it could be used as a reference book."

      Actually, Russell's book is more that a history of ideas – he does
      examine the philosophical questions that the various philosophers
      consider, and he does offer philosophical arguments for and against.

      I read Russell's book as a young man, and I found it very informative
      and enlightening. I would certainly recommend it to anyone who wants
      an overview of Western Philosophy.

      Russell criticises Marx, as he does the other philosophers he writes
      about, but from memory he had some sympathy for socialist ideas. He
      was imprisoned in England during the First World War for refusing to
      fight, and he was generally very forward thinking on social issues.

      Jim


      --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, "Raza Hamdani" <razahamdani@...> wrote:
      >
      > Jaffar
      >
      > While Bertrand Russell is certainly one of the most important
      philosophers,
      > 'History of Western Philosophy' is definitely not his most important
      piece
      > of work. Secondly, how is a history of philosophy supposed to guide
      you on
      > philosophical questions? At best, it could be used as a reference book.
      > Moreover, as far as I can remember, Russell wasn't exactly a fan of
      Marx.
      > Russell's thoughts in 'Principles of Social Reconstruction' differ from
      > Marx's social evaluations and Rusell also sidelines Socialism as an
      inferior
      > system to Syndicalism in 'Roads to Freedom'.
      >
      > Raza
      >
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