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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Eussell See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Unpopular Essays by Bertrand Russell. Unpopular Essays by Bertrand Russell. In this volume of essays Russell is concerned to combat, in one way or another, the growth of dogmatism, whether of the Left or of the Right, which has hitherto characterised our impopluares century.
Paperbackpages. Published October 13th by Routledge first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions ensayoa Unpopular Essaysplease sign up. Years ago I read an essay by Bertrand Russell which included ensayo imaginary conversation between a cat and a dog. I was about 9 then and found it hilarious. A few days ago I stumbled upon his works again but was unable to find it anywhere.
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Jan 23, Maru Kun impopualres it it was amazing Shelves: This fact Britain can be proud of, being a country that has produced few public intellectuals in recent history wnsayos which looks unlikely to produce another one ever again.
This is not surprising in our Age of Celebrity, an age when bertrad charms of Kim Kardashian and the brains of Kanye West are what most people aspire to. In this age of glitter and good-looks Russell is especially handicapped; in his later years he had the appearance of a somewhat scrawnier but more human looking version of Gonzo the Muppet.
Although I am willing to bet Russell would have been a demon on Twitter as well, in ruesell first part of this century his thoughtful, rationale and profound essays expressing deeply held humanistic beliefs would be about as welcome to our current leaders as an expert at a Tory Party conference or a ladder at the Mexican border. Many of its essays were written at the peak of the cold war when concerns about nuclear weapons were at their height.
A case can be made that all Russell had wrong was the issue. The clearest and most present snsayos to human civilization may no longer be nuclear weapons, although they are still a risk. The danger Russell underestimated was environmental degradation and man-made climate change. Let’s quote from passages that Russell wrote when the Nazi legacy was still a recent rusell and the dangers of authoritarian populism were fresh in everyone’s thoughts. Who could have imagined that these quotes would be as relevant today bfrtrand they were sixty odd years ago?
This first quote beryrand to the heart of many of our current problems: Just turn on the Bertgand. It would be equally possible to produce a population of sane and reasonable people, but many governments do not wish to do so, since such people would fail to admire the politicians who are at the head of these governments Bertrand Russell was right about many things.
View all 12 comments. This is kind of like common sense bertdand some, or utter bullshit and the kind of thinking that is wrong with this dirty humanist infected nation of ours to others. I wish I remember where I saw it, I think it was some Christian website, where they mock humanist ideas and have a picture of a very aged Bertrand Russell, which makes him look pretty frail and ridiculous, and it asks bertrabd you trust anything something that looks like this said.
To be fair whenever I see a picture of that fat fuck This is kind of like common sense to some, or utter ensays and the kind of thinking that is wrong with this dirty humanist infected nation of ours to others.
To be fair whenever I see a picture of that fat fuck Rush Limbaugh or the used car salesman smile of Joel Olsteen I think similar things, just looking at this how could you trust anything these people say. In Russell’s defense though the guy is old, and people don’t look their best when they reach 90; in Olsteen’s I’m pretty sure the huckster smile is all part of the slick image he manufactures for his livelihood. In Rush’s case, I don’t know how to justify it. The man is just a deluded asshole, and his essence is probably just seeping out of his pores or something.
Russell’s concern in these essays is how are we going to survive as a planet. Written in the early days of the Cold War, he was wrongly convinced that unless something drastic happened we would end up destroying each other by the year These essays all in one way or another deal with questions of why are we at this brink? Obviously, since we are here right now, the situation wasn’t quite as dire as Russell though, or at least not as immediate, but it’s not like we are out of the woods yet.
If he was overly pessimistic about the world coming to an end, he is overly optimistic about a decline in religious manias, silly him thinking that we had grown-up enough to leave fairy tales behind, especially im;opulares ones. Quite a bit of this book is how irrationality and ignorance create problems, and stop any meaningful solutions from berrtand. As I said this is either common sense, or impopulzres, depending on what you believe.
Russell’s big solution though is a little weird. He advocates a one world government.
Unpopular Essays by Bertrand Russell
Pointing to the flourishing of the Greeks when they threw off the shackles of their own rhssell superficial beliefs when they became cosmopolitan, Russell thinks that this is something that can be done to save our planet from annihilation.
He has good points for why this is necessary, and I nodded along with him, but a one world government is about as realistic at this point as my no-government world. I appreciate the idea he has, and maybe he is on to something.
Why a one-world government would be a good thing? This isn’t from the book, but from Evangelical literature, they hate the idea of a one-world government except for the one that JC brings after the war to end all warsI mean irrationally fear it, as if it is something that is knocking at our door, and that is coming and will take away rusdell guns and make them wear barcodes on their neck.
Their paranoia at this, and their hatred at the possibility of a ‘peaceful world’ stinks to them of the Anti-Christ yes in Evangelical literature the Anti-Christ will try to bring peace secularly, what an evil fuck he must be to try to do that.
Now I like to think that if Chick believes something with that kind of hatred then it just might be a good idea. I’ve never given too much thought to a one-world government, but if the Evangelicals hate it, then maybe it’s a good thing.
View all 30 comments. Jun 23, Slim Khezri rated it it was amazing. This work contains 10 essays written between andwith the common theme being the pernicious impact of dogmatic, unsupportable beliefs. By and large, Russell is highly effective in making his case across a broad range of topics, from the debunking of philosophy’s giants such as Plato “That Plato’s Republic should have been admired, on its political side, by decent people is perhaps the most astonishing example of literary snobbery in all history.
His sharpest attacks are reserved for Man’s superstitions and particularly for those of the religious variety. Russell is a well-known rationalist thinker and atheist and his views are driven by the common sense dictum that one should only believe that which has sufficient supporting, scientific evidence. This leads to the view that deism is unlikely and that modern revealed religions are pure folly.
He convincingly notes the common drivers of these fatuous beliefs across epochs to be fear, a need for self-importance, ignorance and socialization. Nov 18, Wsm added it Shelves: A thought provoking book. However unpopular they may be,many of Russel’s ideas resonate with me.
Jan 29, Bob rated it really liked it. The gulf between Bertrand Russell’s serious and popular writing about philosophy seems particularly wide; I have never undertaken the Principia Mathematica and might do well to admit to myself that I impopulades will. On the other hand his writing about philosophy for lay people is widely praised, and on the evidence of this book, understandably so. That is all by way of explaining that I picked this up for “light” reading on a late-night subway trip, a claim which might otherwise seem preposterous.
On The gulf impopuulares Bertrand Russell’s serious and popular writing about philosophy seems particularly wide; I have never undertaken the Principia Mathematica and might do well to admit to myself that I never will.
On the heels of the Francis Wheem Marx biography, I was quite pleased to immediately come upon this passage, “Hegel’s philosophy was so odd that one would not have expected him to be able to get sane men to accept it, yet he did.
He set it out with so much obscurity that people thought it must be profound. Real reality is timeless Russell writes ensaos on a variety of political and religious topics – most of the points that he russelll about the need to eliminate social and religious bigotry, national aggression and so on are hardly radical and he repeats himself quite a bit from one essay to impopulates next.
In a piece called “An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish”, he satirizes pedlars of esoteric knowledge – “it is a singular fact that the Great Pyramid always predicts the history jmpopulares the world accurately up to the date of the book in question, but after that date it becomes less reliable.
His commentary on Stalin and Hitler is all very well, but at several points he begins to predict, from the vantage point of or so, what the world will be like at the end of the 20th enayos, and is wrong on every specific suggestion, mainly that we would all be dead of thermonuclear war, or united under a single international government.
Mar 22, Mark rated it liked it. Sometimes its difficult but necessary to buck the general consensus and the popular viewpoint. A recent example of this is the divisive Iraqi war: Russell’s unpopularity perhaps began when he spoke out against WWI and Britain’s role in it.
Unpopular Essays is a collection of some of Russell’s unpopular viewpoints. They date from the early ‘s to around the end of WWI. Because of their age, they are dated, but unfortunately humanity often repeats its Sometimes its difficult but necessary to buck the general consensus and the popular viewpoint. Because of their age, they are dated, but unfortunately humanity often repeats its history, berttand little from its mistakes. Because of this, the essays are applicable today. Three stars because of the dated enasyos, that can be a little difficult to get through unless one is interested in history.
Three stars because of Russell’s way of pointing out the importance sticking to your guns, keeping your dignity, and saying what you mean, popular or not. Feb 07, Jesse rated it it was amazing.
Perhaps as unpopular as they are transformative, Russell’s essays collected under this title profess to dispel many myths that the general run of human beings raised in the twentieth century took, and still take for granted.
Wrong-headed but popular notions concerning race, money, education, bertradn, religion, and science are all properly distilled through that supremely skeptical intellect of Russell’s. To read these essays is to purify one’s mind of the hazardous and shallow opinions surrounding Perhaps as unpopular as they are transformative, Russell’s essays collected under this title profess to dispel many myths that the general run of human beings raised in the twentieth fussell took, and still take for granted.
To read these essays is to purify one’s mind of the hazardous and shallow opinions surrounding most human beings, and thereby to come as close to wisdom as the modern skeptical intellect may. View all 5 comments.