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An Introduction to Philosophy

Nature volume 155, page 95 (27 January 1945) | Download Citation



THIS clear and well-reasoned introduction starts from the classical problem of modern philosophical thought—sense perception and the knowledge we take to be based upon it. For the scientifically trained reader this is probably the best approach, though not necessarily for other readers. By his method of treating the subject Mr. Sinclair challenges comparison with Russell's well-known "Problems of Philosophy" and survives the test very well. He scarcely has the lightness of touch of his predecessor, but he is rather more systematic and is better at indicating further possibilities and other inquiries. The footnote references to important thinkers are well done. The advice for further reading is refreshingly unconventional, but not well balanced; and what is said about Plato and Greek philosophy is definitely misleading.

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