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Remarkably relevant, beautifully written, and filled with wit and wisdom, these 3 essays by Bertrand Russell allow the listener to test the concepts of The Good Life, Morality, The Existence of God, Christianity, and Human Nature. "What I Believe" was used prominently in the 1940 New York court proceedings in which Russell was judicially declared "unfit" to teach philosophy at City College of New York. "Why I Am Not a Christian" concludes that churches throughout history have retarded progress and states that we should instead "look to our own efforts here below to make this world a fit place to live in." Finally, "A Free Man's Worship," perhaps the most famous single essay written by Russell, considers whether humans operate from free will.
(P)1995 by The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.

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"Russell is one of our time's brilliant spokesmen of rationality and humanity, a fearless champion of free speech and free thought." (The Swedish Academy, on awarding Bertrand Russell the Nobel Prize for Literature, 1950)

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  • Charles
  • rowlett, TX, USA
  • 03-23-04

Excellent Logic

I'll be brief. Mr. Russell is brilliant and engaging. This is clear headed logic at it's best....what a great respite from status quo insanity.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • MJ
  • Illinois, United States
  • 11-18-11

Inspiring and provacative

Russell lived and died long before I was on this earth, but I feel so close to him in philosophy after listening to his essays. He articulates what I have thought and felt since abandoning christianity, and theism in general. I can listen to Russell over and over.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Austin
  • Olathe, KS, USA
  • 05-01-09

A brilliant breath of fresh sense!

Accessible, rational, interesting. Russell is the most insightful and sensible author I've come across. I desperately wish we could get more of him in audio form.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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An Amazing Recording

Bertrand Russell, a true defender of reason and a writer of the highest caliber. What a wonderful privilege to be able to consume his thoughts in this way. A sheer delight!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Clarity, clarity, clarity

This recording covers works that are 90-50 years old. Amazing and dead on point for our modern "faith based" everything.

Highly reccomended

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  • Longtom
  • Littleton, CO United States
  • 10-29-17

great introduction to Bertie

This is a fantastic audio book. It is well read and so incredibly-written. Bertrand Russel is essential reading. He is thoughtful and sensitive, and does not pull punches.

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  • Arno
  • Armenia
  • 07-19-17

I adore Russell

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"Good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge! Love without knowledge or knowledge without love are harmfull to humanity"... and history proved that.<br/><br/>"I say quite deliberately that Christian religion as organized in its churches has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world". <br/><br/>"Science can help us to overcome this craven fear imposed by religion".<br/><br/>Isn't he nice, isn't he smart! have always adored Russell, he was/is/ and will be my lighthouse in the ocean of knowledge and perfection pursuit.

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  • Judy Corstjens
  • 03-18-13

Ahead of his time

I'm glad to think that Bertrand Russell lived until 1970 and therefore long enough to see some of the liberal reforms for which he argued, come to fruition. In these essays from the early part of the 20th Century, he is too coy even to use the word 'homosexuality', but makes oblique references as he argues for greater tolerance. In a way, these essays have dated because our society has (thankfully) moved on so much. In his day he would have been dynamite!

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  • Karin Diamond
  • 09-13-17

Love Bertie but ......

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The content is as expected - brilliant Bertie, however the performance and style of reading are dreadful. So bad in fact that I'm not enjoying this audio book at all.

What didn’t you like about Terrence Hardiman’s performance?

Absolutely nothing. Dreadful reading style.