Power: A New Social Analysis / Edition 1

Power: A New Social Analysis / Edition 1

by Bertrand Russell
     
 

The key to human nature that Marx found in wealth and Freud in sex, Bertrand Russell finds in power. Power, he argues, is man's ultimate goal, and is, in its many guises, the single most important element in the development of any society. Writting in the late 1930s when Europe was being torn apart by extremist ideologies and the world was on the brink of war,

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The key to human nature that Marx found in wealth and Freud in sex, Bertrand Russell finds in power. Power, he argues, is man's ultimate goal, and is, in its many guises, the single most important element in the development of any society. Writting in the late 1930s when Europe was being torn apart by extremist ideologies and the world was on the brink of war, Russell set out to found a 'new science' to make sense of the traumatic events of the day and explain those that would follow.
The result was Power, a remarkable book that Russell regarded as one of the most important of his long career. Countering the totalitarian desire to dominate, Russell shows how political enlightenment and human understanding can lead to peace - his book is a passionate call for independence of mind and a celebration of the instinctive joy of human life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415325073
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/01/2004
Series:
Routledge Classics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
796,252
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Routledge Classics Edition
Introduction
1The Impulse to Power1
2Leaders and Followers7
3The Forms of Power23
4Priestly Power35
5Kingly Power55
6Naked Power63
7Revolutionary Power82
8Economic Power95
9Power over Opinion109
10Creeds as Sources of Power117
11The Biology of Organisations127
12Powers and Forms of Governments145
13Organisations and the Individual165
14Competition174
15Power and Moral Codes186
16Power Philosophies207
17The Ethics of Power215
18The Taming of Power224
Index253

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