Bertrand Russell Quotes (31 quotes)
APPEARANCE AND REALITY
Appearance versus Reality in Bertrand Russell's The Problems of Philosophy Bertrand Russell's method of approaching his subject in Problems of Philosophy embraces the Cartesian technique of radical doubt, in which the author revokes any former assumptions about certain reality and existence. In the first chapters, Russell's enquiry into the nature of reality in comparison to appearance begins with the observation of his immediate surroundings. By examining a table, for example, he determines that the table's colour, texture, and shape are sufficient to prompt doubt as to whether or not the table exists. The sensations of these qualities are not fixed by a reality; they are apparent possibilities and each depends on the conditions of …show more content…. Sense-data, as Russell says, are "the things that are immediately known to us in sensation" Russell, For instance, we have a sensation of greenness when we see a patch of green. To Russell, like most philosophers, a "physical object" is comprised of matter, and exists independently of the mind.
Appearance and Reality
Open Document. Click the button above to view the complete essay, speech, term paper, or research paper. Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly. Sense data are correlated to the objects they represent. However the exact correlation between the two is indistinct.
Philosophy is often a rebellion of thought. You find traditions that make no sense to you and you meet people whose arguments you just think are false. Often you even rebel against your own former beliefs. When Russell came to Camebridge British philosophy was idealist philosophy inspired by Hegel. One of the well known British followers of Hegel was F. For these idealists the connection between beliefs and not the connection between thoughts and the world were important for truth.