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Our Knowledge of the External World: As a Field for Scientific Method in Philosophy

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

1. Preface
2. Current Tendencies
3. Logic as the Essence of Philosophy
4. On Our Knowledge of the External World
5. The World of Physics and the World of Sense
6. The Theory of Continuity
7. The Problem of Infinity Considered Historically
8. The Positive Theory of Infinity
9. On the Notion of Cause, with Applications to the Free-Will Problem

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Bertrand Russell gave the Lowell Lectures in March and April of 1914; these lectures produced 'Our Knowledge of the External World'. Russell attempts to analyze the relationship of the crude data of our senses to the notions of physics such as space, time, and matter. Russell takes his analysis to illustrate the method of logical analysis used to such wonderful effect by thinkers in the late nineteenth-century to the notions of continuity, infinity, and the infinitesimal. These analyses effected a new epoch of clarity in the philosophy of mathematics; Russell hopes that a similar new age of clarity can be effected in the rest of philosophy through logical analysis; here, he undertakes the first stages of this analysis in the philosophy of physics.