Russell on Religion: Selections from the Writings of Bertrand Russell / Edition 1

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Overview

Russell on Religion presents a comprehensive and accessible selection of Bertrand Russell's writing on religion and related topics from the turn of the century to the end of his life. The influence of religion pervades almost all Bertrand Russell's writings from his mathematical treatises to his early fiction. Russell contends with religion as a philosopher, as a historian, as a social critic and as a private individual. The papers in this volume are arranged chronologically for optimum coherence of the development of Russell's thinking and are divided into five main sections:

* Personal statements
* Religion and Philosophy
* Religion and Science
* Religion and Morality
* Religion and History.

Students at all levels will find this a valuable insight into Russell's thought on religion.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415180924
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Series: Russell on... Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,422,709
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
Pt. I Personal statements 19
1 From 'My Mental Development' and 'Reply to Criticisms' 23
2 The Free Man's Worship 31
3 Autobiography: Mystic Illumination 39
4 What is an Agnostic? 41
Pt. II Religion and philosophy 51
5 The Essence of Religion 57
6 The Essence and Effect of Religion 70
7 Why I Am Not a Christian 77
8 The Existence and Nature of God 92
Pt. III Religion and science 107
9 Mysticism and Logic 109
10 Science and Religion 131
11 Review of Sir Arthur Eddington, The Nature of the Physical World 140
12 Review of James Jeans, The Mysterious Universe 143
13 Do Science and Religion Conflict? 147
Pt. IV Religion and morality 151
14 Religion and the Churches 153
15 Inherent Tendencies of Industrialism 167
16 Has Religion Made Useful Contributions to Civilization? 169
17 The Sense of Sin 186
Pt. V Religion and history 195
18 Introduction to History of Western Philosophy 199
19 The Religious Development of the Jews 203
20 Christianity During the First Four Centuries 219
21 Mohammedan Culture and Philosophy 229
22 The Reformation and Counter-Reformation 238
Notes 241
Selected bibliography 247
Index 249
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