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A History of Western Philosophy

A History of Western Philosophy Description:

Since its first publication in Lord Russell s i A History of Western Philosophy i has been universally acclaimed as the outstanding one volume work on the subject unparalleled in its comprehensiveness its clarity its erudition its grace and wit In seventy six chapters he traces philosophy from the rise of Greek civilization to the emergence of logical analysis in the twentieth century Among the philosophers considered are Pythagoras Heraclitus Parmenides Empedocles Anaxagoras the Atomists Protagoras Socrates Plato Aristotle the Cynics the Sceptics the Epicureans the Stoics Plotinus Ambrose Jerome Augustine Benedict Gregory the Great John the Scot Aquinas Duns Scotus William of Occam Machiavelli Erasmus More Bacon Hobbes Descartes Spinoza Leibniz Locke Berkeley Hume Rousseau Kant Hegel Schopenhauer Nietzsche the Utilitarians Marx Bergson James Dewey and lastly the philosophers with whom Lord Russell himself is most closely associated Cantor Frege and Whitehead co author with Russell of the monumental i Principia Mathematica i

Rating: 3.37 out of 5

Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects

Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects Description:

Dedicated as few men have been to the life of reason Bertrand Russell has always been concerned with the basic questions to which religion also addresses itself questions about man s place in the universe and the nature of the good life questions that involve life after death morality freedom education and sexual ethics He brings to his treatment of these questions the same courage scrupulous logic and lofty wisdom for which his other work as philosopher writer and teacher has been famous These qualities make the essays included in this book perhaps the most graceful and moving presentation of the freethinker s position since the days of Hume and Voltaire p I am as firmly convinced that religions do harm as I am that they are untrue Russell declares in his Preface and his reasoned opposition to any system or dogma which he feels may shackle man s mind runs through all the essays in this book whether they were written as early as or as late as p p The book has been edited with Lord Russell s full approval and cooperation by Professor Paul Edwards of the Philosophy Department of New York University In an Appendix Professor Edwards contributes a full account of the highly controversial Bertrand Russell Case of in which Russell was judicially declared unfit to teach philosophy at the College of the City of New York p p Whether the reader shares or rejects Bertrand Russell s views he will find this book an invigorating challenge to set notions a masterly statement of a philosophical position and a pure joy to read p

Rating: 3.47 out of 5

The Problems of Philosophy

The Problems of Philosophy Description:

A lively and still one of the best introductions to philosophy this book pays off both a closer reading for students and specialists and a casual reading for the general public

Rating: 3.36 out of 5

The Conquest of Happiness

The Conquest of Happiness Description:

The books of Bertrand Russell are a modern substitute for the Bible TIME br The Conquest of Happiness a primer of self regeneration is a most excellent book This manual of systemized common sense sane and forthright should be read by every parent teacher minister and Congressman in the land Atlantic Monthly

Rating: 3.71 out of 5

Religion and Science

Religion and Science Description:

In this timely work Russell philosopher agnostic mathematician and renowned peace advocate offers a brief yet insightful study of the conflicts between science and traditional religion during the last four centuries Examining accounts in which scientific advances clashed with Christian doctrine or biblical interpretations of the day from Galileo and the Copernican Revolution to the medical breakthroughs of anesthesia and inoculation Russell points to the constant upheaval and reevaluation of our systems of belief throughout history In turn he identifies where similar debates between modern science and the Church still exist today This classic is sure to interest all readers of philosophy and religion as well as those interested in Russell s thought and writings

Rating: 3.53 out of 5

In Praise of Idleness and Other Essays

In Praise of Idleness and Other Essays Description:

First published in Routledge is an imprint of Taylor amp Francis an informa company

Rating: 3.74 out of 5

What I Believe

What I Believe Description:

Along with em Why I Am Not a Christian em this essay must rank as the most articulate example of Russell s famed atheism It is also one of the most notorious Used as evidence in a court case in which Russell was declared unfit to teach college level philosophy em What I Believe em was to become one of his most defining works The ideas contained within were and are controversial contentious and to the religious downright blasphemous A remarkable work it remains the best concise introduction to Russell s thought

Rating: 3.72 out of 5

The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell

The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell Description:

Bertrand Russell was born in and died in One of the most influential figures of the twentieth century he transformed philosophy and can lay claim to being one of the greatest philosophers of all time He was a Nobel Prize winner for Literature and was imprisoned several times as a result of his pacifism His views on religion education sex politics and many other topics made him one of the most read and revered writers of the age This his autobiography is one of the most compelling and vivid ever written br This one volume compact paperback edition contains an introduction by the politician and scholar Michael Foot which explores the status of this classic nearly years after the publication of the final volume

Rating: 3.61 out of 5

Unpopular Essays

Unpopular Essays Description:

In this volume of essays Russell was concerned to combat the growth of dogmatism whether of the Left or Right which has hitherto characterised our tragic century

Rating: 3.50 out of 5

Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy

Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy Description:

In the words of Bertrand Russell Because language is misleading as well as because it is diffuse and inexact when applied to logic for which it was never intended logical symbolism is absolutely necessary to any exact or thorough treatment of mathematical philosophy That assertion underlies this book a seminal work in the field for more than years In it Russell offers a nontechnical undogmatic account of his philosophical criticism as it relates to arithmetic and logic Rather than an exhaustive treatment however the influential philosopher and mathematician focuses on certain issues of mathematical logic that to his mind invalidated much traditional and contemporary philosophy br In dealing with such topics as number order relations limits and continuity propositional functions descriptions and classes Russell writes in a clear accessible manner requiring neither a knowledge of mathematics nor an aptitude for mathematical symbolism The result is a thought provoking excursion into the fascinating realm where mathematics and philosophy meet a philosophical classic that will be welcomed by any thinking person interested in this crucial area of modern thought

Rating: 3.73 out of 5