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  • A History of Western Philosophy | Bertrand Russell

    A History of Western Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Bertrand Russell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    Bertrand Russell's A History of Western Philosophy serves as the perfect introduction to its subject; it remains unchallenged as the greatest account of the history of Western thought. Charting philosophy's course from the pre-Socratics up to the early twentieth century, Russell relates each philosopher and school to their respective historical and cultural contexts, providing erudite commentary throughout his invaluable survey.

    Gary says: "Works on all levels"
  • The Problems with Philosophy | Bertrand Russell

    The Problems with Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bertrand Russell
    • Narrated By James Langton
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    The Problems of Philosophy discusses Bertrand Russell's views on philosophy and the problems that arise in the field. Russell's views focus on knowledge rather than the metaphysical realm of philosophy. The Problems with Philosophy revolves around the central question that Russell asks in his opening line of Chapter 1 - Is there any knowledge in the world which is so certain that no reasonable man could doubt it?

    Keenan says: "Logically Atomistic"
  • Mysticism and Mathematics | Bertrand Russell

    Mysticism and Mathematics

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 38 mins)
    • By Bertrand Russell
    • Narrated By Jim Raposa
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    Although Bertrand Russell did most of his early work (along with his mentor and colleague Alfred North Whitehead) in mathematics, he had an enormously wide range of interests - from politics to sex education for the young. The following two essays - "Mysticism and Logic" and "Mathematics and the Metaphysicians" - provide listeners with a glimpse into Russell's thinking and, in turn, illuminates us about these deep subjects.

  • What I Believe: 3 Complete Essays on Religion | Bertrand Russell

    What I Believe: 3 Complete Essays on Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bertrand Russell
    • Narrated By Terrence Hardiman
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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.

    Charles says: "Excellent Logic"
  • The Analysis of Mind: The Complete Work Plus an Overview, Summary, Analysis and Author Biography | Bertrand Russell,Sofia Pisou

    The Analysis of Mind: The Complete Work Plus an Overview, Summary, Analysis and Author Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Bertrand Russell, Sofia Pisou
    • Narrated By Douglas James
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    These 15 lectures have been hailed as milestones in modern psychology as they explore the relation between mind and matter under a completely new scope. Living in the turbulent years after World War I and having been deeply influenced by realists and behaviorists of the early 20th century, Russell attempts to reconcile the paradoxical materialistic view of contemporary psychologists on mind with the anti-materialistic tendency that physicists adopt over matter.

    Jordan says: "amazing book from an amazing thinker."
  • The Problems of Philosophy | Bertrand Russell

    The Problems of Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Bertrand Russell
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
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    Bertrand Russell was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, and Nobel Laureate. In The Problems of Philosophy, written in 1912, Russell attempts to create a brief and accessible guide to the problems of philosophy. Focusing on problems he believes will provoke positive and constructive discussion, Russell concentrates on knowledge rather than metaphysics.

  • Religion and Science | Bertrand Russell

    Religion and Science

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Bertrand Russell
    • Narrated By David Case
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    In Religion and Science (1961), Bertrand Russell's popular polemic against religious dogma, he covers the ground from demonology to quantum physics, yet concedes that science cannot touch the profound feelings of personal religious experience.

    Jacques says: "Don't expect a truly scientific logic here"
  • Proposed Roads to Freedom | Bertrand Russell

    Proposed Roads to Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Bertrand Russell
    • Narrated By James Langton
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    A concise version of Bertrand Russell's political philosophy and thoughts, focusing on his favoring of guild socialism. While Russell believed that pure Anarchism should be the ultimate goal, his realism lead him to favor the guild socialism which he expands upon in this volume. Russell first discusses the various aspects of socialism, anarchism, and syndicalism, focusing also on the major men/movements associated with each school.

  • The Problems of Philosophy | Bertrand Russell

    The Problems of Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Bertrand Russell
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    I have confined myself in the main to those problems of philosophy in regard to which I thought it possible to say something positive and constructive, since merely negative criticism seemed out of place. For this reason, theory of knowledge occupies a larger space than metaphysics in the present volume, and some topics much discussed by philosophers are treated very briefly, if at all.

    Daman says: "Insightful and Interesting"
  • A Free Man's Worship | Bertrand Russell

    A Free Man's Worship

    • UNABRIDGED (26 mins)
    • By Bertrand Russell
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    Bertrand Russell was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, and Nobel laureate. At various points in his life he considered himself a liberal, a socialist, and a pacifist. He was born in Monmouthshire into one of the most prominent aristocratic families in the United Kingdom. "A Free Man's Worship" is probably his most famous, and certainly the most widely printed of his many essays.

  • A Rare Recording of Bertrand Russell | Bertrand Russell

    A Rare Recording of Bertrand Russell

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    • By Bertrand Russell
    • Narrated By Bertrand Russell
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    Bertrand Russell (May 18, 1872 - February 2, 1970) was born in Monmouthshire into one of the most prominent anti-war aristocractic families in Britain. Russell was a philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, prominent anti-war activist, and an outspoken opponent of nuclear weapons. In 1950, Russell was awarded the Nobel prize in Literature. The following is a 1959 speech on nuclear disarmament.

    Anthony Robertson says: "Great audio quality"
  • Political Ideas | Bertrand Russell

    Political Ideas

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By Bertrand Russell
    • Narrated By Peter Bishop
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    He details the issues that his current economic system and the unequal distribution of wealth present in achieving said ideals. He puts forth his beliefs on what the purposes of an economic system should be, including production and security. He criticizes monopolies and all the damage that they have done.

  • Wisdom of Bertrand Russell | Bertrand Russell

    Wisdom of Bertrand Russell

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    • By Bertrand Russell
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    One of the great minds of the 20th century, Bertrand Russell explored philosophy, mathematics, and a variety of other intellectual, political, historical, and social issues in his lifetime. In this indispensable and easily accessible guide, drawn from his books and essays, readers will find Russell’s fundamental principles, from objectivity to ontological arguments to logical certainty, in his own words. Russell also explored topics such as war, evil, and the purpose and goal of human existence.

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