The Basic Writings of Bertrand Russell Paperback
Few philosophers have had a more profound influence on the course of modern philosophy than Bertrand Russell.
The Basic Writings of Bertrand Russell is a comprehensive anthology of Russell's most definitive essays written between 1903 and 1959.
First published in 1961, this remarkable collection is a testament to a philosopher whom many consider to be one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century.
This is an essential introduction to the brilliance of Bertrand Russell.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 784 pages
- Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
- Publication Date: 20/02/2009
- Category: History of Western philosophy
- ISBN: 9780415472388
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Review by donbuch1
This selection of Russell's basic works is probably the most popular and affordable introduction to this 20th century British philosopher. The editors had the good fortune to solicit the philosopher''s opinion regarding the selection, which contributes greatly to the quality of the essays. Not surprisingly because he was involved in so many fields of study, Russell admitted freely that he did not recognize some of the things that he had written at an early age, as he had grown in thought and switched his position on some minor matters. However generally noted, the views expressed in the essay collection were imperative to this ground-breaking thinker, and stand firmly as positive contributions to the perennial issues concerning humanity today. With the eighty plus writing pieces, ranging from marriage to metaphysics, one can read straight through or in parts without too much difficulty. Russell was a master at wielding his pen to accommodate multiple audiences, either technical academics or average citizens. Although the logic essays can be tough-going, the social commentaries are witty and eloquent. Still in print, this compendium is a valuable item in anyone's private library.