Sceptical Essays

Sceptical Essays

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'These propositions may seem mild, yet, if accepted, they would absolutely revolutionize human life.'

With these words Bertrand Russell introduces what is indeed a revolutionary book. Taking as his starting-point the irrationality of the world, he offers by contrast something 'wildly paradoxical and subversive' - a belief that reason should determine human actions. Today, besieged as we are by the numbing onslaught of twenty-first-century capitalism, Russell's defence of scepticism and independence of mind is as timely as ever. In clear, engaging prose, he guides us through the key philosophical issues that affect our daily lives - freedom, happiness, emotions, ethics and beliefs - and offers no-nonsense advice.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 133 x 197 x 18.29mm | 249g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 2nd New edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0415325080
  • 9780415325080
  • 88,218

Table of contents

1. Introduction: On the Value of Scepticism 2. Dreams and Facts 3. Is Science Superstitious? 4. Can Men Be Rational? 5. Philosophy in the Twentieth Century 6. Machines and the Emotions 7. Behavourism and Values 8. Eastern and Western Ideals of Happiness 9. The Harm that Good Men Do 10. The Recrudescence of Puritanism 11. The Need for Political Scepticism 12. Free Thought and Official Propaganda 13. Freedom in Society 14. Freedom Versus Authority in Education 15. Psychology and Politics 16. The Danger of Creed Wars 17. Some Prospects: Cheerful and Otherwise
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Review quote

"'The result is the present volume, a collection of some of the most beautifully written and engaging essays in the English language, in which he tries to show that sceptical doubt can change the world.' - John Gray"
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About Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell, geboren 1872, schrieb sein erstes Buch über die deutsche Sozialdemokratie (1896) und viele weitere gesellschaftskritische und philosophische Studien. 1950 wurde seine "Philosophie des Abendlandes" im Europa Verlag auf deutsch veröffentlicht. Im selben Jahr erhielt Russell den Nobelpreis für Literatur. Er starb 1970 in Wales.
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