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Nada é sagrado. Sexo, moral, política, sociedade - todo assunto é páreo para o gênio ácido e a mente lúcida de Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), o filósofo mais expressivo e engajado do século XX, ao lado de Sartre. Em No que Acredito, publicado em 1925, ele reflete sobre o papel e a influência da religião na vida das pessoas. Trata-se de um livro emblemático do seu célebre e...more
Paperback, 1st, 112 pages
Published April 2007 by L&PM (first published 1925)
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This essay was only 40 pages long, but in that 40 pages Bertrand Russell managed to pack in lots of thought provoking ideas. Since it was a library book, I felt duty bound to make notes of some of his more noteworthy quotes. I can see why this book made the establishment so unhappy. He turns lots of ideas that we take on board so uncritically and makes you question them. It is not just religion that he has in his sights, but also morality, our treatment of criminals and education.
Whether you ul...more
ثلاث مقالات طويلة للفيلسوف واسع التأثير، يحكي فيها عن معتقداته الشخصية، والأسباب التي قادته لها.

الكتاب بمجمله هو عن نظرته السلبية للنصرانية (المقال الثاني بأكمله هو بعنوان "لماذا لست نصرانياً")، مقابل إيمانه بالأخلاق البشرية الإيجابية التي لا تنبع من تشريع إلهي أو كتاب سماوي، بل من دافع اشباع رغبات الأفراد في مجتمع، ومحاولة التقاء هذه الرغبات مع بعضها.

في معرض عرض رأيه عن أسباب عدم اقتناعه بالنصرانية، يبين أيضاً أسباب عدم ايمانه بوجود الله، وهو صريح وواضح حول كونه ملحداً.

الكتاب مثير للاهتمام لأن...more
Alexander Arsov
Bertrand Russell

What I Believe

Routledge Classics, Paperback, 2009.

8vo. xvii, 48 pp. Preface to the Routledge Classics Edition by Alan Ryan, 2003 [vi-xvi]. Preface by Bertrand Russell, 1925 [xvii]. Index [pp. 43-48].

First published, 1925.
First published in Routledge Classics, 2004.


Preface to the Routledge Classics Edition

1. Nature and Man
2. The Good Life
3. Moral Rules
4. Salvation: Individual and Social
5. Science and Happiness



Just like...more
I got this both because it is a fast read and I could get to know a little about the mind of this famous philosopher and logician who is known for his work in mathematical logic and analytic philosophy. In case I liked it, I would read others from him. The result is, I already ordered 5 others of his books.

This was intelligent, thought provokin, lucid and with a sharp and crystal clear argumentation. Not to mention the fact of how much this was ahead of his time.

I wasn't expecting anything less...more
One of the great things about our anarchist approach here on Ground Control is that it gives us the opportunity to stay creative with our columns. After all, isn’t pop culture consumption supposed to be creative, and aren’t we allowed to stay fresh? So, it is with great pleasure that we’re going to be doing something a little bit different with I Wanna Be Literated! (and hopefully not the only time) and do an entire series on the writings of Bertrand Russell.

Russell was a world renown philosophe...more
A brief but pungent work by the greatest philosopher of modern times. As typical of Russell the prose is lucid and penetrating.
The good life is "love guided by wisdom" with love being resolved into 'delight at contemplation' and 'benevolence'( Benevolence doesnt conform to the dictionary definition. It may better be inferred as a will for positive action)
For Russell knowledge is essentially scientific knowledge ( such as in favour of contraception) rather than an ethical awareness. He considers...more
DELICIOUS food for thought! Russell manages to say quite a bit in only 42 pages. The overall theme is that love & knowledge are the two elements most necessary for 'the good life'. His main concern is a happy & productive society. Here's my favorite excerpt: "we should treat the criminal as we treat a man suffering from the plague. Each is a public danger, each must have his liberty curtailed until he has ceased to be a danger. But the man suffering from the plague is an object of sympat...more
Jaco Delport
A clear thinker way ahead of his time - still relevant today.

Favourite quote: "Even if the open windows of science at first make us shiver after the cosy indoor warmth of humanising myths in the end the fresh air brings vigour, and the great spaces have a splendour of their own."
Amin Farhadi
simply amazing. I adore Russell and this tiny little one on his thoughts is as great as every other book of his ! highly recommended !
Russel is a genius but from the dark side of the 20th century. Easy to see why.

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Along with Why I Am Not a Christian, 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 1940 court case in which Russell was declared unfit to teach college-level philosophy, What I Believe was to become one of his most defining works. The ideas contained within were and are controversial, contentious and - to the reli...more
brilliant, as can be expected from Russell, but also poignant and beautiful. it begins with seductively forceful logic, and ends in pure poetry and wisdom. it the middle he belies some bitterness with regarding the treatment of women and minorities. these essays were written in the first half of the 20th century, and it is encouraging to note that much of what he was bitter about has been improved in our society. which leaves the book more enjoyable in my opinion -- the observations on love and...more
Still relevant after all these years.
Part of the "Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays" collection, at least in the Kindle edition of that book. Would recommend looking at that collection, which includes some interesting stuff including a transcript of one of Russell's debates with a theist philosopher, and a narrative explaining how Russell was the victim of persecution by religious fanatics who opposed his appointment to a professorship at City College of New York. Seek out that collection out, rather than seeking this one o...more
This book may have been interesting--and even important--in the 1920s. Today, it is only worth reading for historical purposes.
Serge Boucher
Essays on religion and ethics. Russell was a century ahead of his time.
What I Believe is one of the essays I would hope all school children would read. The language can be a little tricky at times, but the moral questions addressed in it are as relevant today as they were when written. If not for the syntax dating the piece, it might be thought of as referring to US politics, circa 2013.
An essay about how civilizations should be. This masterpiece was written on 20's on an exquisite english. Superb,an incredible view of religion's inference into our day-a-day life.

If human kind is what it is now, in part it's thanks to this man, and if it can improve itself, it will be according B. Russell.
Hemant Katiyar
Written by one of my favouirate author, it's a documentation of the beliefs on which his life was based on.
After reading this i started defining for myself "what i believe"

Must read for people intrested in philosophy.
Utter genius. Delicious, wise and thought provoking. My first foray into Russell will not be my last.
SP Mugler
Smart and beautifully written. I'll have to buy this book so I can go through it more thoroughly. Perhaps a deeper understanding will bump up my rating. Bertrand Russell may have a new fan.
Josh Street
Seminal writing on atheism and Russell's beliefs more specifically. Concise and elegant, Russell epitomizes modern philosophy at its finest.
would definately re-visit for another read as it seems to be the kind of book that alters in perspective as you alter , grow, and change
Other than a single sentence in the final chapter, which sounds dangerously like eugenics, I agree with every word in this book.
Tim Weakley
Very tightly written examination of the authors first principles. For a short work it really forces the reader to think.
Jul 16, 2009 Risa marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
whenever i get blue- i read Bertrand Russel. He puts it all in perspective. trust me. he does. and how.
read, "why i took to philosophy"
Lara Ramos
Muito bom, curto mas cheio de provocações em perspectiva única. Daqueles pra estar sempre relendo.
Fascinating, easy to read introduction to Some of the thoughts of a great thinker.
Vincent Russo
A good overview of humanist morals and what it takes to lead a good life.
Some of it is a bit dated now but the general ideas remain relevant.
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Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, OM, FRS, was a Welsh philosopher, historian, logician, mathematician, advocate for social reform, pacifist, and prominent rationalist. Although he was usually regarded as English, as he spent the majority of his life in England, he was born in Wales, where he also died.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1950 "in recognition of his var...more
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“Even if the open windows of science at first make us shiver after the cozy indoor warmth of traditional humanizing myths, in the end the fresh air brings vigor, and the great spaces have a splendor of their own.” 135 likes
“It is we who create value and our desires which confer value. In this realm we are kings, and we debase our kingship if we bow down to Nature. It is for us to determine the good life, not for Nature - not even for Nature personified as God.” 4 likes
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