The Basic Writings of Bertrand Russell.
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Few philosophers have had a more profound influence on the course of modern philosophy than Bertrand Russell. The Basic Writings of Bertrand Russell is a comprehensive anthology of Russell's most definitive essays written between 1903 and 1959. First published in 1961, this remarkable collection is a testament to a philosopher whom many consider to be one of the most influ...more
Paperback, 752 pages
Published February 20th 2009 by Routledge (first published 1961)
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Bertrand Russell was an extremely prolific writer who published on a large variety of subjects. Accordingly, these basic writings (81 of them) cover science, religion, history, logic & mathematics, epistemology, ethics, eduction, economics, and much more. Topics covered range from the broad to the specific. If you're looking for a good overview of Russell's work, I doubt you'll do better than this. If you haven't read Russell yet, and you're not sure where to start, this would be a fine intr...more
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The Basic Writings of Bertrand Russell

Edited by Robert Egner and Lester Denonn

Routledge Classics, Paperback, 2009.

8vo. xxxii, 752 pp. Preface by Bertrand Russell, 1961. Introduction by John G. Slater, 1992.

First published thus in 1961.
First paperback edition by Routledge, 1992.
First published in Routledge Classics, 2009.


Introduction by John G. Slater
Preface by Bertrand Russell
Introduction by the Editors
Epigrammatic Insights From the Pen of Russell
Chronological List of Russell's Principa...more
The mathematician who wins the Nobel Prize in literature. His writing is unique. He's the Hemingway of prose; keeps it simple, logical, and with the purpose of education for those not interested in wordy philosophical wind. Easy reading, frequently enlightening, and often very sly and witty. This collection is topically separated, and 800 pages long. Fun for casually picking through like a magazine. I prefer whole, unabridged books, but it's nice to have a giant paperweight/doorstop/boat anchor/...more
Brilliant. What else can I say? He is Bertrand Russell, and this is enough!
Augusto Barros
I haven't read it all, it's more like a good reference and quotes source when you are looking for a smart and reasonable way of looking into our biggest issues. Bertrand Russell was certainly one of the greatest minds of the last century.
Jihad Lahham
while i did not get into "logic" or "principia mathematica", i loved everything in this book. it's a big book and a heavy read but it's broken down in sections which makes it easier to read over a long period of time.
Erik P Hoel
Many of the sections were not as long as I would have liked, but as an lifelong overview of the author's work/thought, in the author's own words, it is perfect.
Russell, as a free thinker revolutionized modern philosophy. Using logic and reason rather than faith and dogma, in all his arguments he strips away the idea of faith.
Dozy Pilchard
Great anthology, except my edition has no index which makes it less useful than it would otherwise be for research.
Marko Zbodulja
Amazing collection of essays and nice introduction to the work of Bertrand Russell, one of my greatest heroes.
Sarah Hyder
An impressive compendium of short essays from one of my favourite thinkers from the 20th century.
This is a useful collection of Russell's influential pieces on a variety of topics.
Good old common of the most important thinkers of the 20th century...
favorite section of the book was "an outline of intellectual rubbish".
Brian Pinnock
Well worth the read. A controversial but hugely intelligent figure.
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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.

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