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Essays in Humanism

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An inspiring collection of the great thinker’s views on a rapidly changing world

Nuclear proliferation, Zionism, and the global economy are just a few of the insightful and surprisingly prescient topics scientist Albert Einstein discusses in this volume of collected essays from between 1931 and 1950. Written with a clear voice and a thoughtful perspective on the effects of
ebook, 184 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Philosophical Library/Open Road (first published 1950)
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Oct 14, 2012 Joshua rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won't claim to agree with many of the ideas that Einstein sets forth in this small collection of essays, but I will say that they were well laid-out and certainly provided fodder for deeper reflection. I think that everyone knows who Einstein is but like me, have spent little time getting to know Einstein. The internet is rife with supposed quotes from Einstein leaving people to wonder what Einstein actually said and thought. If this is you then I suppose this book will begin to help you resol ...more
As one would expect when reading something by Einstein, this collection of essays was incredibly thought-provoking. Both for internal reflection, but also for how society as a whole moves towards a realistic passion for peace and security. Having been mostly familiar with his scientific work, I was amazed to see how active he was in writing about political and social concerns, and specifically, how much he advocated for a world organization much like the United Nations, but with more authority. ...more
Really wasn't as impressed with this as much as I thought I would be; a good portion of the first half of the slim book is pretty repetitious, the essays covering the same subject matter in different framings (Not merely Humanism, but specific ideas about Humanism: IE: A world state as a judicial court, with the intent to do away with the need for war.) I found the idea overly idealistic, at best; not because I am against peace (A friend of Anais Nin acted upon doing something very similar in pr ...more
Jan 06, 2013 Ger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Albert Einstein was no doubt a brilliant man. But that doesn't mean he was wise about everything. For example:

Having viewed the brutality of war he was anxious that it be prevented. He recommended a supranational military force that would keep the peace and once agreed upon the "guarantee against war of world-wide dimensions can be assured" But the problem with trying to suppress man's desire for power with a super organization is that the super organization is comprised of MEN WHO WILL WANT POW
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Dec 09, 2013 Forest Book rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book gives hope to the necessary presence of humanism. Professor Einstein writes with clarity from an unassailable intelligence of heart, mind and soulful existence. The essays repeat over and over the characteristics of humanism. Central to its principles; is mindfulness of how one treats effects the whole.

Writing of our effortful attributes, he clarifies our most nurturing ideals, ideas, and behavior. Einstein writes of resolve chiefly. And the absolute necessity of intellectuals to main
Mar 13, 2014 Ian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a short collection of essays reiterating the importance of a global government. something very advanced for our humanity that it seems like a fantasy, but with the proper precautions and a set of guidelines that could control and provide world peace could work in the years to come.

einstein also explains the jewish state and how their race have impacted society as a whole, and also, stating that germans are evil people and should be punished. i never really thought of einstein as a person who wou
Sam Motes
Sep 11, 2014 Sam Motes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very easy read coming from such a deep mind. Einstein���s remorse for helping to unleash the weapons that can seal our fate on a global scale came through loud and clear. He makes a strong case for his undying belief that the only way to avoid our eminent doom is the establishment of a supranational government that ensures government is managed on a global scale. A very thought provoking collection of essays still as relevant today as the day Einstein produced them.
Mar 21, 2013 Cathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't read all the essays that spanned at least a decade or more but got the general drift. The writing style is archaic (think German speaker writing in English in the 30s -40s) so it doesn't make for ease of reading and the message is repetitive and sometimes contradictory (Israel is a good thing, the Arabs should just get along).

There's also a sweet naïveté to his demand for a world government ala the UN... In fact most of his essays are naive, innocent longings for a better world.

Dustin Voliva
Nov 17, 2012 Dustin Voliva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-reads, read-2012
An exploration into the humanist side of one of our greatest physicists. As a collection, it works well. He explores a socialism, a singular world government and the hopes for a path to an end of military conquest, and the spirituality and tradition of Jewish ideals.
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Sep 14, 2012 Ebony *LilKoalaBooks* rated it really liked it
I'd never read anything by Einstein but I found his views and writings on Humanism to be very interesting. I would recommend this to anyone who has an interesting in Humanism or Einstein in general.
Aug 12, 2013 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He was a genius but some ideologies I did not agree with. Even so, his ideas are interesting to read. It is good to keep an open mind.
Oct 13, 2015 Do rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An insight into a remarkable man's views.
Pat May
Way over my head. This is a book I had to read for a short time and then sit back and think for a while. Encourages examination of personal worldviews.
Kellie-Rose Wick
Great,beware of racial opinions!!!
Laura Montauti
Aug 10, 2016 Laura Montauti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting read, insightful and with relevance still today although I don't agree with all his points, I would definitely like a world without war.
Jan 29, 2016 Gabrielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this collection of essays, Of course we all know of this man's genius in physics and mathematics, but what a gentle and loving and ambitious heart.
Matt Heavner
interesting collection of politics, obituaries, and a bit of science. I found this to be both dated and timely.
Josi Rebar
Sep 26, 2012 Josi Rebar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Political and social views remind me of Gene Roddenberry's.
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In 1879, Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Zurich by 1909. His 1905 paper explaining the photoelectric effect, the basis of electronics, earned him the Nobel Prize in 1921. His first paper on Special Relativity Theory, also published in 1905, changed the world. After the rise of the Nazi party, Einstein made Princeton his permanent home, becoming ...more
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