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Sceptical Essays : Routledge Classics - Bertrand Russell

Sceptical Essays

Routledge Classics

By: Bertrand Russell, John Gray (Foreword by)

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Published: March 2004
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'These propositions may seem mild, yet, if accepted, they would absolutely revolutionize human life.'

With these words Bertrand Russell introduces what is indeed a revolutionary book. Taking as his starting-point the irrationality of the world, he offers by contrast something 'wildly paradoxical and subversive' - a belief that reason should determine human actions. Today, besieged as we are by the numbing onslaught of twenty-first-century capitalism, Russell's defence of scepticism and independence of mind is as timely as ever. In clear, engaging prose, he guides us through the key philosophical issues that affect our daily lives - freedom, happiness, emotions, ethics and beliefs - and offers no-nonsense advice.

"'The result is the present volume, a collection of some of the most beautifully written and engaging essays in the English language, in which he tries to show that sceptical doubt can change the world.' - John Gray"

Introduction: On the Value of Scepticism
Dreams and Facts
Is Science Superstitious?
Can Men Be Rational?
Philosophy in the Twentieth Century
Machines and the Emotions
Behavourism and Values
Eastern and Western Ideals of Happiness
The Harm that Good Men Do
The Recrudescence of Puritanism
The Need for Political Scepticism
Free Thought and Official Propaganda
Freedom in Society
Freedom Versus Authority in Education
Psychology and Politics
The Danger of Creed Wars
Some Prospects: Cheerful and Otherwise
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ISBN: 9780415325080
ISBN-10: 0415325080
Series: Routledge Classics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: March 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.9  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition