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What I Believe

1st Edition

By Bertrand Russell


60 pages

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Bertrand Russell is widely regarded as one of the greatest philosophers of the twentieth century and a brilliant writer and commentator on social and political affairs. What I Believe offers a lucid and concise insight into Russell’s thinking on issues that preoccupied him throughout his life: atheism, religious morality and the impact of science on society. With the addition of two further essays, 'Why I Took to Philosophy' and 'How I Write', this is a superb example of Russell as his very best.

With a foreword by Alan Ryan.


'In this classic essay, Russell offers a brilliant statement of some of the central beliefs and arguments underpinning his philosophy as a whole. In his defnition, a good life “is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge. Neither love without knowledge, nor knowledge without love can produce a good life.”'THE PRODUKTKULTURMAGAZIN

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Routledge Great Minds Edition 1. Nature and Man 2. The Good Life 3. Moral Rules 4. Salvation: Individual and Social 5. Science and Happiness 6. How I Write 7. Why I Took Philosophy Index

About the Series

Routledge Great Minds


Myth and Meaning Claude Levi-Strauss

Relativity Albert Einstein

The Sovereignty of Good Iris Murdoch

What I Believe Bertrand Russell

Leonardo da Vinci Sigmund Freud

The Undiscovered Self Carl Gustav Jung

Sketch for a Theory of the Emotions Jean-Paul Sartre

Tractatus-Logico-Philosophicus Ludwig Wittgenstein

Letter to a Priest Simone Weil

On Dialogue David Bohm

Routledge Classics is a stable of over two hundred ground-breaking books which inspire, enlighten and provoke in equal measure. Routledge Great Minds presents ten of the best shorter works from the Classics series where some of its leading authors provide, in brief and accessible form, pithy statements of their ideas and arguments. Ideal for those unfamiliar with their work as a whole, for the time-pressed, or for the merely curious, these books contain the ideas of a great thinker in a nutshell. They are also an excellent starting point for anyone coming to Routledge Classics for the first time. Each volume includes a new foreword by a leading authority in the field.

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