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Principles of Social Reconstruction - Bertrand Russell

Principles of Social Reconstruction

Paperback Published: 1st March 1997
ISBN: 9780415143493
Number Of Pages: 188

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""The supreme principle, both in politics and in private life, should be to promote all that is creative, and so to diminish the impulses and desires that center round possession.""
This book, originally entitled "Why Men Fight, " is generally seen as the fullest expression of Bertrand Russell's political philosophy. Russell argues that after the experience of the Great War the individualistic approach of traditional liberalism had reached its limits. Political theory must be based on the motivated forces of creativity and impulse rather than on competition. The ideas expressed in "Principles of Social Reconstruction" have greatly contributed to Russell's fame as a social critic and anti-war activist. The introduction by Richard Rempel locates them in the context of Russell's other writings and show that neither his ideas nor his language have lost their force and topicality over the years.

Prefacep. 7
The Principle of Growthp. 9
The Statep. 33
War as an Institutionp. 55
Propertyp. 78
Educationp. 100
Marriage and the Population Questionp. 117
Religion and the Churchesp. 137
What we can Dop. 155
Indexp. 172
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ISBN: 9780415143493
ISBN-10: 0415143497
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 188
Published: 1st March 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.66 x 13.01  x 1.63
Weight (kg): 0.22
Edition Number: 2