In Praise of Idleness: And Other Essays

In Praise of Idleness: And Other Essays

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By (author) Bertrand Russell, Foreword by Anthony Gottlieb

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Paperback | 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 119mm x 203mm x 18mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2004
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415325064
  • ISBN 13: 9780415325066
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 50,523

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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.

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Bertrand Russell (1872-1970). The leading British philosopher of the twentieth century, who made major contributions in the areas of logic and epistemology. Politically active and habitually outspoken, his ethical principles twice led to imprisonment.

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'A book full of rich, stimulative thought, with plenty of scope for disagreement.' - The Guardian 'Invariably intelligent, stimulating and lucid.' - The Listener 'There is not ... a page which does not provoke argument or thought.' - The Sunday Times

Table of contents

1. In Praise of Idleness 2. 'Useless' Knowledge 3. Architecture and Social Questions 4. The Modern Midas 5. The Ancestry of Fascism 6. Scylla and Charybdis, or Communism and Fascism 7. The Case for Socialism 8. Western Civilisation 9. On Youthful Cynicism 10. Modern Homogeneity 11. Men versus Insects 12. Education and Discipline 13. Stoicism and Mental Health 14. On Comets 15. What is the Soul?