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Common Sense and Nuclear Warfare

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Written at the height of the Cold War in 1959, Common Sense and Nuclear Warfare was published in an effort 'to prevent the catastrophe which would result from a large scale H-bomb war'. Bertrand Russell s staunch anti-war stance is made very clear in this highly controversial text, which outlines his sharp insights into the threat of nuclear conflict and what should be don ...more
ebook, 112 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Routledge (first published 1959)
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John Rachel
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this when I was 12 years old and it played a significant role in my inspiration to study philosophy at university. Russell was conducting a one-man worldwide protest against proliferation of nuclear weapons at the time and was generally considered a kook. Here we are 12,000 nuclear bombs later, ready to destroy humankind. We should have listened to him.
Muhammad al-Khwarizmi
There are some insights here and there in this book, most remarkably the widely quoted way Russell casts brinkmanship into informal game theoretic terms, but for the most part it's woefully outdated. At one point, Russell talks about the idea of extending to the developing world the same sort of material comfort that is enjoyed in what you might now call "the global North", in contrast to spending billions on the arms race. Well, with or without countless nuclear weapons in this world—including ...more
the gift
interesting historical document shows the political, nuclear fears of 1959
This book came up on my list during the weeks this year when the possibility of a nuclear war with North Korea seemed too great for comfort and I became curious to see what Russell had thought about a nuclear conflict at the very beginning of the Cold War. What I found in reading this book was a wonderful process to think through all the emotions that blind us into self-righteousness. Russell deliberately dedicates his book to both camps of the Cold War and bases his arguments on the utter devas ...more
Christopher Donaghue
What greater evil can there be than the man who would sooner see the destruction of his species than the temporary dominance of a foreign ideology?

This is the question asked and answered by Bertrand Russell in this marvelous polemic.
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The world can be a scary place, and never scarier when madmen hold the destiny of the earth at the push of a button. So with the stakes so high, we reach a topic that really should be universal across all political spheres: the survival of mankind.

Although Common Sense and Nuclear Warfare was written in 1959 during the cold war, I suspect things are not that different today. In these writings Bertrand Russell doesn’t take a radical view at all on the subject of Nuclear Warfare, but an obvious on
Ilham Rusdiana
Tujuan buku ini cukup bagus yaitu menunjukkan cara yang bisa dilakukan negara Barat, Timur, maupun non-blok untuk mencegah terjadinya perang nuklir. Sayangnya, penjelasan dari penyelesaian yang ditawarkan Russel kurang gamblang. Buku ini juga kurang komprehensif membahas ancaman perang nuklir dan negara-negara dibelakangnya.
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More than ever this is a must read.
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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
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