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Human Society in Ethics and Politics (Routledge Classics) 1st Edition

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`This book is a model of philosophical lucidity.' - Philip Toynbee, The Observer

`The most careful and systematic discussion of the philosophy of ethics he has written.' - Herald Tribune

`I have once again been captivated by the strength of Lord Russell's intellect, the elegance of his prose and the causticity of his wit. He is the Voltaire of his time, and one likes him or dislikes him accordingly.' - Sunday Times

`The best course is to give him up as hopeless and read everything he writes.' - Saturday Review

`A book which commends intelligence, friendship, courage, hope and love surely has much of right on its side.' - The Scotsman

`To converse with a man of great intelligence is always a delight, and when we read the works of Lord Russell we feel ourselves in his presence.' - The Listener --This text refers to the Perfect Paperback edition.

About the Author

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970). A celebrated mathematician and logician, Russell was and remains one of the most genuinely widely read and popular philosophers of modern times.

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Product Details

  • Series: Routledge Classics
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (August 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415487374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415487375
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,525,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970). Philosopher, mathematician, educational and sexual reformer, pacifist, prolific letter writer, author and columnist, Bertrand Russell was one of the most influential and widely known intellectual figures of the twentieth century. In 1950 he was awarded the Noble Prize for Literature in 1950 for his extensive contributions to world literature and for his "rationality and humanity, as a fearless champion of free speech and free thought in the West."

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Most Americans would see Lord Russell's work in ethics as viewed from the right. Russell is forthright in his consequentialism harkening all the way back to Bentham in his preferred treatment of criminals almost as irritating entities that merely need correction.From the left, I suppose he would look like a generic J.S. Mill echo chamber but with more data perhaps. He is clearly a British aristocrat which makes his view somewhat biased. Having seldomly seen what it is like among the lower classes who scramble for what they get, Russell tends to underemphasize "the rules of the game," as a more Hobbesian perspective would indicate.The book is extremely concise, given its breadth and scope. Russell has demonstrated lexical efficiency that is almost shocking, given his other works.If you major in philosophy, or if you have liberal humanist politics, the book is worth the time it takes to read. Just don't expect it to be a "be all, end all" sort of work. In other words, it is not
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Bertrand Arthur William Russell (1872-1970) was an influential British philosopher, logician, mathematician, and political activist. In 1950, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, in recognition of his many books such as A History of Western Philosophy, The Problems of Philosophy, The Philosophy of Logical Atomism, The Analysis of Mind, Our Knowledge of the External World, Human Knowledge: Its Scope and Limits, Mysticism and Logic, etc.

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He wrote in the Preface to this 1955 book, “The first nine chapters of this book were written in 1945-6, the rest in 1953, except Chapter II of Part II, which was the lecture I gave in Stockholm on the occasion of receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature… This book has two purposes: first, to set forth an undogmatic ethic; and second, to apply this ethic to various current political problems.
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Bertrand Arthur William Russell (1872-1970) was an influential British philosopher, logician, mathematician, and political activist. In 1950, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, in recognition of his many books such as A History of Western Philosophy, The Problems of Philosophy, The Philosophy of Logical Atomism, The Analysis of Mind, Our Knowledge of the External World, Human Knowledge: Its Scope and Limits, Mysticism and Logic, etc.

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He wrote in the Preface to this 1955 book, “The first nine chapters of this book were written in 1945-6, the rest in 1953, except Chapter II of Part II, which was the lecture I gave in Stockholm on the occasion of receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature… This book has two purposes: first, to set forth an undogmatic ethic; and second, to apply this ethic to various current political problems.
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Bertrand Arthur William Russell (1872-1970) was an influential British philosopher, logician, mathematician, and political activist. In 1950, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, in recognition of his many books such as A History of Western Philosophy, The Problems of Philosophy, The Philosophy of Logical Atomism, The Analysis of Mind, Our Knowledge of the External World, Human Knowledge: Its Scope and Limits, Mysticism and Logic, etc.

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He wrote in the Preface to this 1955 book, “The first nine chapters of this book were written in 1945-6, the rest in 1953, except Chapter II of Part II, which was the lecture I gave in Stockholm on the occasion of receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature… This book has two purposes: first, to set forth an undogmatic ethic; and second, to apply this ethic to various current political problems.
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