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IN the following pages I have confined myself in the main to those problems of philosophy in regard to which I thought it possible to say something positive and constructive, since merely negative criticism seemed out of place. For this reason, theory of knowledge occupies a larger space than metaphysics in the present volume, and some topics much discussed by philosophers are treated very briefly, if at all.
I have derived
valuable assistance from unpublished writings of G. E. Moore and J. M.
Keynes: from the former, as regards the relations of sense-data to
physical objects, and from the latter as regards probability and
induction. I have also profited greatly by the criticisms and
suggestions of Professor Gilbert Murray.
NOTE TO SEVENTEENTH IMPRESSION
to certain statements on pages 44, 75, 131, and 132, it should be
remarked that this book was written in the early part of 1912 when China
was still an Empire, and the name of the then late Prime Minister did
begin with the letter B.