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ISBN: 1112019219
Author: Bertrand Russell
Language: English
Publisher: Cornell University Library (June 12, 2009)
Pages: 248
Category: Classics
Subcategory: Literature
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First published in 1918, this collection from famous philosopher Bertrand Russell contains previously published works slightly refined for their new printing. He opens the book with "Mysticism and Logic," a discussion of the two major impulses in human and philosophical thought.

First published in 1918, this collection from famous philosopher Bertrand Russell contains previously published works slightly refined for their new printing. Among these essays are:. Mysticism and Logic". The Place of Science in Liberal Education". On the Notion of Cause" He opens the book with "Mysticism and Logic," a discussion of the two major impulses in human and philosophical thought. Here he makes his case for the importance and fundamental necessity for his brand of philosophy. These essays are technical in nature, but students of philosophy and dedicated readers will receive a wealth of knowledge for their efforts.

The metadata below describe the original scanning. Printed in Great Britain. Reprinted from various sources. Includes bibliographical references and index.

First published in 1918, this collection from famous philosopher Bertrand Russell contains . Mysticism and Logic" He opens the book with "Mysticism and Logic," a discussion of the two major impulses in human and philosophical thought.

Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays London: Longmans, Green, 1918. Preface to Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays, 1918. The Philosophy of Logical Atomism, The Monist (Oct 1918, Jan, April, July 1919) Russell’s most important book for linguistic analytic philosophers - complete and online. Broad’s Article in the July Mind Mind, . The Place of Science in Liberal Education. On the Notion of Cause. The Ultimate Constituents of Matter As an analytic philosopher.

The essay on "Mysticism and Logic" appeared in the Hibbert Journal for July, 1914

Enquiry should be made to the publisher. The essay on "Mysticism and Logic" appeared in the Hibbert Journal for July, 1914. The Place of Science in a Liberal Education" appeared in two numbers of The New Statesman, May 24 and 31, 1913.

This anthology collects a number of fascinating strands of Bertrand Russell's thought

This anthology collects a number of fascinating strands of Bertrand Russell's thought. Mathematics and the Metaphysicians" details the impact of the 1900 World Congress of Philosophers on Russell's development and the hope that new methods in mathematics could be applied to the solution of ancient philosophical problems. Many of the subsequent essays show the evolution of this hope as Russell worked on the foundations of mathematics and applied the new methods to the reconstruction of physical objects on the basis of sense-data, and the redefinition of matter and cause

First published in 1918, this collection from famous philosopher Bertrand Russell contains previously published works slightly refined for their new printing.

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Originally published in 1918. This volume from the Cornell University Library's print collections was scanned on an APT BookScan and converted to JPG 2000 format by Kirtas Technologies. All titles scanned cover to cover and pages may include marks notations and other marginalia present in the original volume.

Comments:

Frdi
There is something strange about Russell’s writing. Although he often adopts a formal, even stilted, style, and tackles the most abstruse logical problems, his personality is always floating in the background, barely out of sight. The feeling is like Russell is there, in the room with you, reading aloud from his work. His ability to adopt this warm, personal style while appearing not to do so is why I think he is a fantastic writer.

This is related to another persistent feature of his writing. When he is laying forth a theory or an argument, I often feel that Russell is trying just as hard to convince himself as his audience. He was a man skeptical to the core, and I get the feeling that he was only capable of wholeheartedly of believing in things—even logical theories—in short, passionate bursts; and that, after reflection, he would find flaws in every one of his former opinions. The vacillation of his ideas throughout his career shows this in full evidence.

This vacillation is apparent in the first essay, “Mysticism and Logic.” Russell starts off in praising philosophers who have successfully combined the two notions, and expresses his wish that the mystical impulse be given its due respect. And then he proceeds to demolish every doctrine or idea posited by mystical thinkers. By the end of the essay, the reader is more averse to mysticism than before he started. (For a more productive attempt to combine the two, see Wittgenstein’s Tractatus .)

Then there’s his masterpiece of prose, “A Free Man’s Worship.” That is a piece of writing more passionate that I could have ever thought possible from polite, civilized Bertrand. And yet, in the back of the reader’s mind is Russell’s cordial warning in the preface that he later came to find the sentiments expressed somewhat naïve. As I said, an incorrigible skeptic.

It is getting to be something of a cliché to say this, but I find it valuable to read through this philosophy even if you don’t believe it. Even the late Bertrand Russell himself didn’t believe it. But his mind was cast in a unique mold. Russell was capable—or at least as nearly capable as can be achieved—of contemplation without sentimentality or dogmatism. He questioned everything: an exercise incomparably valuable, if not ultimately productive.

What’s more, Russell’s ability to get to the very heart of a question, to probe it with his logical pincers until every strand of the thing is clearly laid out on the dissection table, is always astounding. Merely following the train of his thought is worthwhile, even if the train leads until blind alleys. Plus, what’s so bad about blind alleys?
Painbrand
Very deep essays on the human being, being human with essay I. "Mysticism and Logic" the most popular, but don't stop reading at the end of that essay. My favorite that resonated the most with me was III. "A Free Man's Worship" in which Russell struggles with finding meaning in life through helping fellow travelers along the journey through life. A life changing read for sure! One of the most compassionate authors for sure. A true foul to the writings of authors such as Rand and Friedman's pro Capitalism stances.

Favorite quote:
“The life of Man is a long march through the night, surrounded by invisible foes, tortured by weariness and pain, towards a goal that few can hope to reach, and where none may tarry long. One by one, as they march, our comrades vanish form our sight, seized by the silent orders of omnipotent Death. Very brief is the time in which we can help them, in which their happiness or misery is decided. Be it ours to shed sunshine on their path, to lighten their sorrows by the balm of sympathy, to give them the pure joy of a never-tiring affection, to strengthen failing courage, to instill faith in times of despair.”
Kabandis
Brilliant essays by one of the world's greatest philosophers and mathematicians. Russell towers above most philosophers as a logician whose rigorous thinking about many controversial subjects is an inspiration. P. S.: He received the Nobel prize for literature.
Ausstan
I love his writings and find myself laughing at times (even when it's not supposed to be funny). I think he would have been a great dinner guest, he would be fun and make everyone laugh with his off the wall ideas, but the thing is...somewhere in those crazy ideas exists genius that you begin to see after a time.
Nkeiy
Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays by Bertrand Russell is a very informative book. It is somewhat difficult to get through, but imparts great knowledge. If you have the patience to try to get through it, I recommend it.

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