Write a comprehensive note on Russell as a passionate sceptic.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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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 as someone on the search for truth is an active and vibrant view of who he was and what he believed.  One of Russell's most significant contributions to philosophical truth was his constant search for values that embraced a humane approach to consciousness.  His experiences through both World Wars accelerated this search for truth and understanding.  Being an active pacifist who was disillusioned with the gap between the promises of the Russian Revolution and its reality as well as the horrors of Nazism, Russell was convinced that absolutist notions of the good could be used to perpetrate some of the worst of human behavior.  

It is in this light where Russell is a passionate skeptic, on the search for what is good, true, and beautiful without silencing human voice and experience.  The fact that Russell pivoted his philosophical analysis towards the realm of world peace and minimizing human suffering represents how much of a passionate skeptic Russell was in his work and life's thinking.

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