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Bertrand Russell: The Passionate Sceptic

ISBN 9781138008199
Published July 3, 2014 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

‘Fascinating’, ‘brilliant’, ‘oddly moving’, ‘a warm human picture’ – this biography was enthusiastically received when it came out in 1957. And no wonder. It is not only the lively story of a distinguished man but a lucid account of his work and its significance. The author, who was himself a philosopher and journalist, has followed the bright thread of Russell’s personality with affectionate insight, from the three-day-old baby who looked about him ‘in a very energetic way’, and the boy who jibbed at taking Euclid on trust, through the many turns of his life, to the undimmed octogenarian, still questioning and still deeply concerned. The subject is a great one and the biographer has matched it.

Table of Contents

Preface  1. The Boy in the Garden  2. ‘He was Always Talking’  3. Berlin and Marxism  4. The Work of Genius  5. Mathematics and Philosophy  6. The Theory of Descriptions  7. Reviews and Politics  8. ‘A Quiet Life’  9. Cambridge and Harvard  10. First World War  11. The Prisoner of Brixton  12. The Analysis of Mind  13. A Visit to Bolshevism  14. ‘China is Delightful’  15. Chelsea Candidate and American Lecturer  16. Russell and Relativity  17. Beacon Hill School  18. Marriage and Morals  19. The Indefatigable Author  20. Pacifism and the Second World War  21. An Outcast in America  22. The Rebel becomes Revered  23. Australia Felix  24. The Unfinished Philosophy  25. ‘While Still at Work’  26. The Young Octogenarian

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