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In Praise of Idleness :  And Other Essays - Bertrand Russell

In Praise of Idleness

And Other Essays

By: Bertrand Russell, Anthony Gottlieb (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: April 2004
ISBN: 9780415325066
Number Of Pages: 200

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Intolerance and bigotry lie at the heart of all human suffering. So claims Bertrand Russell at the outset of "In Praise of Idleness," a collection of essays in which he espouses the virtues of cool reflection and free enquiry; a voice of calm in a world of maddening unreason. With characteristic clarity and humour, Russell surveys the social and political consequences of his beliefs. From a devastating critique of the ancestry of fascism to a vehement defense of 'useless' knowledge, with consideration given to everything from insect pests to the human soul, " In Praise of Idleness " is a tour de force that only Bertrand Russell could perform.

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'A book full of rich, stimulative thought, with plenty of scope for disagreement.' - The Guardian 'Invariably intelligent, stimulating and lucid.' - The Listener 'There is not ... a page which does not provoke argument or thought.' - The Sunday Times

In Praise of Idleness
'Useless' Knowledge
Architecture and Social Questions
The Modern Midas
The Ancestry of Fascism
Scylla and Charybdis, or Communism and Fascism
The Case for Socialism
Western Civilisation
On Youthful Cynicism
Modern Homogeneity
Men versus Insects
Education and Discipline
Stoicism and Mental Health
On Comets
What is the Soul?
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ISBN: 9780415325066
ISBN-10: 0415325064
Series: Routledge Classics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: April 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.3  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition

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