The A B C of Armageddon: Bertrand Russell on Science, Religion, and the Next War, 1919-1938

The A B C of Armageddon: Bertrand Russell on Science, Religion, and the Next War, 1919-1938

by Peter H. Denton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791450740

ISBN-13: 9780791450741

Pub. Date: 09/28/2001

Publisher: State University of New York Press

An exploration of Bertrand Russell's writings during the interwar years, a period when he advocated "the scientific outlook" to insure the survival of humanity in an age of potential self-destruction.

Peter H. Denton explores Bertrand Russell’s attempt to articulate the kind of world he thought possible and the world he feared in the aftermath of World

Overview

An exploration of Bertrand Russell's writings during the interwar years, a period when he advocated "the scientific outlook" to insure the survival of humanity in an age of potential self-destruction.

Peter H. Denton explores Bertrand Russell’s attempt to articulate the kind of world he thought possible and the world he feared in the aftermath of World War I. Two concerns were fundamental to Russell’s work between 1919 and 1938: the philosophical implications of discoveries in the physical sciences, particularly for the relationship between science and religion, and the grim prospects of an industrial civilization whose science and technology were held responsible for the devastation of the Great War. Placing Russell’s work in the context of Anglo-American contemporaries who also perceived this dual aspect of science and technology, Denton explores how, for Russell, the “scientific outlook” was of crucial importance if humanity was to survive in an age of potential technological destruction—themes that are still important today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791450741
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Series:
SUNY series in Science, Technology, and Society Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
174
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.45(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

1. Science and the New Civilization

2. The Individual and the Machine

3. Religion, Metaphysics, and Meaning

4. Physics and Philosophy

5. Science, Religion, and Reality

6. Science and Power

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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