The Problems of Philosophy is one of the first concrete expressions of analytic philosophy, and it is, in fact, the first book of analytic philosophy whose main focus is central questions of epistemology and metaphysics, two of the main branches of philosophy. But best of all, it's a book that can be read for pleasure as well as profit by the general public, undergraduate students, graduate students, and professional philosophers. Almost alone among philosophical books of the first quarter of the twentieth century, it's read and studied today, both inside and outside the classroom.
About the Author:
Bertrand Russell was educated at home until he was eighteen, and then he went to Cambridge to study mathematics and philosophy. Russell, however, is much more than a figure in the history of philosophy. He was the second son in an aristocratic and political family, and he frequently championed liberal causes and actively participated in political affairs. He was twice jailed for his anti-war activities and spent six months in prison during World War I for an inflammatory pamphlet he had written. He also wrote books on a number of topics of general cultural interest, including history, education, marriage, and happiness.
<:st> Cited in . Accenting theory of knowledge issues over metaphysics in this classic, Russell's ability to make philosophy accessible clinches his case for students reading great philosophers' works rather than secondary texts. Originally published by Williams and Norgate. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)