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In Praise Of Idleness, Russell, Bertrand
In Praise Of Idleness
Bertrand Russell

Paperback $29.99 - Routledge and Kegan Paul
Philosophy, Politics & Current Affairs - Published: - ISBN: 9780415325066

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. From a devastating critique of the ancestry of fascism to a vehement defence of 'useless' knowledge, with consideration given to everything from insect pests to the human soul, this is a tour de force that only Bertrand Russell could perform.

In this collection of essays, Russell surveys the social and political consequences of his beliefs with characteristic clarity and humour. In Praise of Idleness is a tour de force that only Bertrand Russell could perform.

'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

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970). The leading British philosopher of the twentieth century, who made major contributions in the areas of logic and epistemology. Politically active and habitually outspoken, his ethical principles twice led to imprisonment.

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