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Posted August 27, 2002
An Important Account of Russell's Life and Work
Professor Grayling often writes with an ellegant and insightful prose. The Russell volume from the Past Masters series is no exception. The book is certainly important as an introduction to Russell's life and work. It sketches succintly and wonderfully, Russell's many intellectual interests: his theories on the foundations of mathematics, logical atomism, neutral monism and the whole range of philosophical issues in which he had impact. Russell's views on religion, ethics and politics are also greatly explained. The book gains importance in this area, for, whereas Russell's philosophy can hardly be explained in 50 pages, his opinions on several more pragmatic issues can be dealt with more succesfully in a more limited space. The book is a delightful read, from Russell's short biography to his many opinions on a wide array of subjects there is not a single dull line. Russell is, arguably, the most important philosopher of the twentieth century, and for any one with an interest in contemporary philosophy or Russell's life and thought, this book is certainly a good place to start.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.