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|