In Praise of Idleness And Other Essays

ISBN-10: 0415325064
ISBN-13: 9780415325066
Edition: 2nd 1997 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 3/4/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Intolerance and bigotry lie at the heart of all human suffering. So claims Bertrand Russell at the outset of In Praise of Idleness , a collection of essays in which he espouses the virtues of cool reflection and free enquiry; a voice of calm in a world of maddening unreason. From a devastating critique of the ancestry of fascism to a vehement defence of 'useless' knowledge, with consideration given to everything from insect pests to the human soul, this is a tour de force that only Bertrand Russell could perform.

Bertrand Arthur William Russell (1872-1970) was a British philosopher, logician, essayist and social critic. He was best known for his work in mathematical logic and analytic philosophy. Together with G.E. Moore, Russell is generally recognized as one of the main founders of modern analytic philosophy. Together with Kurt G�del, he is regularly credited with being one of the most important logicians of the twentieth century. Over the course of a long career, Russell also made contributions to a broad range of subjects, including the history of ideas, ethics, political and educational theory, and religious studies. General readers have benefited from his many popular writings on a wide variety of topics. After a life marked by controversy--including dismissals from both Trinity College, Cambridge, and City College, New York--Russell was awarded the Order of Merit in 1949 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950. Noted also for his many spirited anti-nuclear protests and for his campaign against western involvement in the Vietnam War, Russell remained a prominent public figure until his death at the age of 97.

Anthony Gottlieb is the executive editor of The Economics and writes regularly for the New York times Book Review.

In Praise of Idleness
'Useless' Knowledge
Architecture and Social Questions
The Modern Midas
The Ancestry of Fascism
Scylla and Charybdis, or Communism and Fascism
The Case for Socialism
Western Civilisation
On Youthful Cynicism
Modern Homogeneity
Men versus Insects
Education and Discipline
Stoicism and Mental Health
On Comets
What is the Soul?

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