Russell: A Very Short Introduction [NOOK Book]

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Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) is one of the most famous and important philosophers of the twentieth century. In this account of his life and work A. C. Grayling introduces both his technical contributions to logic and philosophy, and his wide-ranging views on education, politics, war, and sexual morality. Russell is credited with being one of the prime movers of Analytic Philosophy, and with having played a part in the revolution in social attitudes witnessed throughout the twentieth-century world. This ...

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Overview

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) is one of the most famous and important philosophers of the twentieth century. In this account of his life and work A. C. Grayling introduces both his technical contributions to logic and philosophy, and his wide-ranging views on education, politics, war, and sexual morality. Russell is credited with being one of the prime movers of Analytic Philosophy, and with having played a part in the revolution in social attitudes witnessed throughout the twentieth-century world. This introduction gives a clear survey of Russell's achievements across their whole range.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191501081
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 2/21/2002
  • Series: Very Short Introductions
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 4 MB

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A. C. Grayling is Reader in Philosophy, Birkbeck College, University of London, and a Supernumerary Fellow, St Anne's College, Oxford. He is author of Wittgenstein in the Very Short Introductions series, as well as An Introduction to Philosophical Logic, The Refutation of Scepticism, and Berkeley: The Central Arguments. He is the editor of Philosophy: A Guide through the Subject and Philosophy 2: Further Through the Subject.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
List of illustrations
1 Life and work 1
2 Logic and philosophy 29
3 Philosophy, mind, and science 61
4 Politics and society 85
5 Russell's influence 120
Further reading 139
Index 141
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  • Anonymous

    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.

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