The Value Of Philosophy By Bertrand Russell

1959 Words8 Pages
The Value of Philosophy In Bertrand Russell’s article “The Value of Philosophy” in his The Problems of Philosophy, he may as well be looking at the problems of his argument. Russell does reach his purpose and is able to make valid conclusions that are well supported for why and how philosophy is valuable, but his credibility can be called into question. He makes cases that allow for weaknesses and sets limitations on what he says. It is limitations he puts on how he defines philosophy and the weakness of altering the capabilities of philosophy that debilitates Russell’s argument. The purpose Russell had for writing this article is to justify the value that he places on philosophy, and through this convince others to see the same. If he can succeed in this, he is spreading the good and influence of philosophy “for others than students of philosophy (Russell).” Russell comes to many conclusions, all being the support for a larger, overarching conclusion. This bigger picture conclusion is that the value of philosophy is “to be sought largely in its very uncertainty (Russell)”, namely the contemplation and effects of it. These smaller supporting conclusions are that philosophy is uncertainty, the contemplation of objects takes the certainty away from them, and the higher thinking of uncertainty has enlarging effects to the self. To see how these come to hold up a larger conclusion, their support must first be found. Russell’s conclusion that philosophy’s value is in its
Get Access