In Praise of Idleness and Other Essays

In Praise of Idleness and Other Essays

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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. With characteristic clarity and humour, Russell surveys the social and political consequences of his beliefs. 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, 'In Praise of Idleness' is a tour de force that only Bertrand Russell could perform.In any case, Russell wrote the fifteen essays in In Praise of Idleness by analysing the pressing social problems of the 1 930s just as he had done those of the earlier years of the century, and as he would continue to do right up until his death.

Title:In Praise of Idleness and Other Essays
Author:Bertrand Russell, Anthony Gottlieb
Publisher:Psychology Press - 2004


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