The Value Of Philosophy And Individual Life By Bertrand Russell

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This essay will summarize the article, The Value of Philosophy to Individual life by Bertrand Russell. Russell’s goal of his article is to explain the everyday uses of philosophy and how philosophy influences human’s life both directly an indirectly. Russell also discusses how philosophy expands the human knowledge of what could be. Philosophy, according to Russell, frees our minds from the imprisonment of common sense. Therefore, this essay will explain Russell’s work and the point of his argument. Many scientists who study modern science and other practical arts doubt whether philosophy is useful for anything other than innocent, pointless trifling on if knowledge is actually knowable. Russell says that this view arises from the misconception of the goals of life and from a wrong conception of the goals which philosophy tries to achieve. Physical science, Russell states, is the method through which inventions are made, but it is still useful to multitudes of people who are totally ignorant of it. The author makes the argument that philosophy does directly affect students of philosophy, but also indirectly affects bystanders through the impact it has on the student or scholar of philosophy. Therefore, Russell makes the argument that even though the direct effects of philosophy cannot be seen it still affects the modern world without showing itself.
Russell states that in order to understand the value of philosophy you must not listen to the opinions of practical men;…

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