Bertrand Russell Questions and Answers

Bertrand Russell

Russell shows how the interaction between science and war has always existed but has increased much more in modern warfare. As early examples, he notes that Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo received...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2014 8:44 pm UTC

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Bertrand Russell

Russell begins his essay, "The Future of Mankind," with three possible scenarios for the future. Note that Russell wrote this essay after World War II and during the rise of the Cold War. (The Cold...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2013 8:35 pm UTC

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Bertrand Russell

Russell begins this essay by noting the recent (modern - late 19th/20th century) transformation of education from "a small, highly skilled profession concerned with a minority of the population, to...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2013 10:06 pm UTC

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Bertrand Russell

In “Machines and the Emotions,” Bertrand Russell describes some of humanity’s natural instincts, desires and cultural practices. Then Russell explains how machines are beneficial or harmful to our...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2012 3:17 pm UTC

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Bertrand Russell

Russell begins by mentioning a philosopher named Jeremy Bentham who lived a century before him and famously stated that "people ought to make soup of their dead grandmothers." Many people...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2017 1:53 pm UTC

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Bertrand Russell

Russell's article assesses where the world stands in the 1950s. He outlines three distinct possibilities for the world. The first is total nuclear obliteration, while the second is a devolution...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2013 3:00 am UTC

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Bertrand Russell

In his article, Russell's basic tenet is that the modern setting has seen the "misfortunes of human beings" as caused by human action. Russell believes that "For six years the civilized nations of...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2013 4:40 am UTC

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Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell's essay "Ideas That Have Helped Mankind" appears in his collection of essays named Unpopular Essays. This essay opens with six questions Russell poses. These six questions are the...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2013 9:08 pm UTC

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Bertrand Russell

From the Greek language, the definition of "skeptic' comes from the word, "skeptikos," meaning “an inquirer,” someone who was unsatisfied and still looking for truth." The idea of seeing Russell...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2013 4:03 am UTC

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Bertrand Russell

Russell's Power: a New Social Analysis is an attempt to explain the various ways in which power is utilized within a society to achieve goals. An obviously important question is: whose goals is a...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2019 3:51 pm UTC

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Bertrand Russell

In "The Future of Mankind," Russell foresees one of three possibilities for the future of mankind: I. The end of human life, perhaps of all life on our planet. II. A reversion to barbarism...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2013 4:50 pm UTC

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Bertrand Russell

In "Philosophy and Politics," Russell shows how philosophy and politics have informed each other in nearly every culture. For example, communist leaders in the Soviet Union relied upon Marx's...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2013 11:29 pm UTC

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Bertrand Russell

In the final paragraph of his book titled The Conquest of Happiness, Bertrand Russell writes that the whole antithesis between self and the rest of the world, which is implied in the doctrine of...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2012 8:50 am UTC

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Bertrand Russell

At the very end of his book titled The Conquest of Happiness, Russell offers two summary paragraphs in which he discusses the “happy life.” In the second of those two paragraphs, Russell constructs...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2012 7:48 am UTC

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Bertrand Russell

Russell begins "Science and War" with a brief historical account of the increasingly intimate link between science and war. He cites examples from the Classical World and then the Renaissance. As...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2014 1:37 pm UTC

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Bertrand Russell

For Russell, the teacher's function is rooted in the idea of enlarging the world of the student. There should be an intellectual pursuit in which the student is able to sample as much as possible...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2013 1:10 am UTC

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Bertrand Russell

Ultimately, note that Bertrand Russell's essay is a criticism against the liberal arts education, particularly as it was practiced by the Victorians. In that context, education was largely focused...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2019 8:57 pm UTC

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Bertrand Russell

Russell argues that throughout history, the politics of a culture can influence its philosophers and the reverse is also true, that the philosopher(s) of a given epoch and culture can influence the...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2013 3:40 pm UTC

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Bertrand Russell

In "The Future of Mankind," Russell contemplates the future with respect to two developments: the rise of technology and its role in the future of warfare. Russell proposes that one of three...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2012 2:50 pm UTC

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Bertrand Russell

I think that one way in which Russell's essay can be analyzed is to determine his starting point and his philosophical frame of reference. A reason as to why Russell is such an intricate and unique...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2013 3:15 am UTC

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