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Read online Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects Dedicated as few men have been to the life of reason Bertrand Russell has always been concerned with the basic questions to which religion also addresses itself questions about man s place in the universe and the nature of the good life questions that involve life after death morality freedom education and sexual ethics He brings to his treatment of these questions the same courage scrupulous logic and lofty wisdom for which his other work as philosopher writer and teacher has been famous These qualities make the essays included in this book perhaps the most graceful and moving presentation of the freethinker s position since the days of Hume and Voltaire p I am as firmly convinced that religions do harm as I am that they are untrue Russell declares in his Preface and his reasoned opposition to any system or dogma which he feels may shackle man s mind runs through all the essays in this book whether they were written as early as or as late as p p The book has been edited with Lord Russell s full approval and cooperation by Professor Paul Edwards of the Philosophy Department of New York University In an Appendix Professor Edwards contributes a full account of the highly controversial Bertrand Russell Case of in which Russell was judicially declared unfit to teach philosophy at the College of the City of New York p p Whether the reader shares or rejects Bertrand Russell s views he will find this book an invigorating challenge to set notions a masterly statement of a philosophical position and a pure joy to read p by Bertrand Russell, Paul Edwards

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Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects
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In Praise of Idleness and Other Essays, What I Believe, Religion and Science, Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy, The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy, A History of Western Philosophy, Unpopular Essays, Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects, The Conquest of Happiness
Dedicated as few men have been to the life of reason Bertrand Russell has always been concerned with the basic questions to which religion also addresses itself questions about man s place in the universe and the nature of the good life questions that involve life after death morality freedom education and sexual ethics He brings to his treatment of these questions the same courage scrupulous logic and lofty wisdom for which his other work as philosopher writer and teacher has been famous These qualities make the essays included in this book perhaps the most graceful and moving presentation of the freethinker s position since the days of Hume and Voltaire p I am as firmly convinced that religions do harm as I am that they are untrue Russell declares in his Preface and his reasoned opposition to any system or dogma which he feels may shackle man s mind runs through all the essays in this book whether they were written as early as or as late as p p The book has been edited with Lord Russell s full approval and cooperation by Professor Paul Edwards of the Philosophy Department of New York University In an Appendix Professor Edwards contributes a full account of the highly controversial Bertrand Russell Case of in which Russell was judicially declared unfit to teach philosophy at the College of the City of New York p p Whether the reader shares or rejects Bertrand Russell s views he will find this book an invigorating challenge to set notions a masterly statement of a philosophical position and a pure joy to read p, In this volume of essays Russell was concerned to combat the growth of dogmatism whether of the Left or Right which has hitherto characterised our tragic century, Along with em Why I Am Not a Christian em this essay must rank as the most articulate example of Russell s famed atheism It is also one of the most notorious Used as evidence in a court case in which Russell was declared unfit to teach college level philosophy em What I Believe em was to become one of his most defining works The ideas contained within were and are controversial contentious and to the religious downright blasphemous A remarkable work it remains the best concise introduction to Russell s thought, In the words of Bertrand Russell Because language is misleading as well as because it is diffuse and inexact when applied to logic for which it was never intended logical symbolism is absolutely necessary to any exact or thorough treatment of mathematical philosophy That assertion underlies this book a seminal work in the field for more than years In it Russell offers a nontechnical undogmatic account of his philosophical criticism as it relates to arithmetic and logic Rather than an exhaustive treatment however the influential philosopher and mathematician focuses on certain issues of mathematical logic that to his mind invalidated much traditional and contemporary philosophy br In dealing with such topics as number order relations limits and continuity propositional functions descriptions and classes Russell writes in a clear accessible manner requiring neither a knowledge of mathematics nor an aptitude for mathematical symbolism The result is a thought provoking excursion into the fascinating realm where mathematics and philosophy meet a philosophical classic that will be welcomed by any thinking person interested in this crucial area of modern thought