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Bertrand Russell
1872 - 1970



The Author

Arthur William Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, libertarian socialist and social critic, was born at Trelleck (Wales) in 1872. After graduating from Cambridge in 1894, he studied economics at Berlin University and gathered data for his first book, German Social Democracy (1896). In 1897 he published his fellowship dissertation, An Essay on the Foundation of Geometry, followed by The Principles of Mathematics in 1903 ("mathematics and logic are identical"). In collaboration with his former tutor A. N. Whitehead he wrote his major academic work, Principia Mathematica (1910-13). During the next years he turned to philosophical problems and was involved in political campaigns. For opposing the First World War he was jailed and dismissed from Trinity College as a result of the conviction. After the war he visited the Soviet Union and China. In 1927 he started a school project at Beacon Hill which lasted for five years. Married four times, he was notorious for his many affairs. After World War II he became a leading figure in the antinuclear weapons movement and received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950. He died at Plas Penrhyn near Penhydendreath (Wales) in 1970.

The Work

German Social Democracy (1896)
An Essay on the Foundations of Geometry (1897)
Critical Exposition of the Philosophy of Leibniz (1900)
Principles of Mathematics (1903)
On Denoting (1905)
Principia Mathematica (1910-1916 (with A. N. Whitehead)
The Problems of Philosophy (1912)
Our Knowledge of the External World (1914)
Principles of Social Reconstruction (1916)
Justice in Wartime (1916)
Political Ideals (1917)
Proposed Roads to Freedom: Socialism, Anarchism and Syndicalism (1917)
Mysticism and Logic (1918)
The Philosophy of Logical Atomism (1918)
Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy (1919)
The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism (1920)
The Analysis of Mind (1921)
The Problem of China (1922)
The ABC of Atoms (1923)
The Prospects of Industrial Civilization (1923)
Icarus; or, The Future of Science (1924)
The ABC of Relativity (1925)
What I Believe (1925)
Education and the Good Life (1926)
On Education (1926)
The Analysis of Matter (1927)
An Outline of Philosophy (1927)
Why I am not a Christian (1927)
Marriage and Morals (1929)
The Conquest of Happiness (1930)
The Scientific Outlook (1931)
Education and the Social Order (1932)
The Nature of Mathematics (1933)
Freedom and Organization: 1814-1914 (1934)
In Praise of Idleness (1935)
Religion and Science (1935)
Which Way to Peace? (1938)
Power, A New Social Analysis (1938)
An Inquiry into Meaning and Truth (1940)
Let the People Think (1941)
The History of Western Philosophy (1945)
Philosophy and Politics (1947)
Human Knowledge: Its Scope and Limits (1948)
Authority and the Individual (1949)
New Hopes for a Changing World (1951)
The Impact of Science on Society (1952)
Satan in the Suburbs (short stories, 1953)
Nightmares of Eminent Persons (short stories, 1954)
Human Society in Ethics and Politics (1954)
Portraits from Memory (1956)
John Stuart Mill (1956)
Logic and Knowledge (1956)
Understanding History (1957)
The Will to Doubt (1958)
Wisdom of the West (1959)
The Future of Science (1959)
My Philosophical Development (1959)
Common Sense and Nuclear Warfare (1959)
Education of Character (1961)
Has Man a Future? (1961)
Fact and Fiction (1962)
Unarmed Victory (1963)
On the Philosophy of Science (1965)
War and Atrocity in Vietnam (1965)
War Crimes in Vietnam (1967)
The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell (1967-69)
The Art of Philosophing (1968)


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