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Power :  A New Social Analysis - Bertrand Russell


A New Social Analysis

By: Bertrand Russell, Samuel Brittan (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: March 2004
ISBN: 9780415325073
Number Of Pages: 288

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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.

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"'Extremely penetrating analysis of human nature in politics' - The Sunday Times; 'An acute and learned study.' - The Economist"

The Impulse to Powerp. 7
Leaders and Followersp. 12
The Forms of Powerp. 25
Priestly Powerp. 35
Kingly Powerp. 51
Naked Powerp. 57
Revolutionary Powerp. 72
Economic Powerp. 82
Power over Opinionp. 93
Creeds as Sources of Powerp. 99
The Biology of Organisationsp. 107
Powers and Forms of Governmentsp. 122
Organisations and the Individualp. 139
Competitionp. 146
Power and Moral Codesp. 156
Power Philosophiesp. 173
The Ethics of Powerp. 179
The Taming of Powerp. 186
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ISBN: 9780415325073
ISBN-10: 0415325072
Series: Routledge Classics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: March 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.05 x 12.7  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 2