By Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell used to be considered as one of many 20th century’s maximum minds. popular for his profound wisdom and debatable method of a myriad of other matters and topics, his prolific works additionally exhibited nice highbrow wit and humour. Bertrand Russell’s top is a suite of Russell’s wittiest and so much stinky writings. First released in 1958, this delightfully humorous and pleasing booklet is a awesome testomony to the impressive existence, paintings and wit of Bertrand Russell.
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This is not discussed by St Thomas. (HWP) I am constantly asked: What can you, with your cold rationalism, offer to the seeker after salvation that is comparable to the cosy homelike comfort of a fenced-in dogmatic creed? To this the answer is many-sided. In the first place, I do not say that I can offer as much happiness as is to be obtained by the abdication of reason. I do not say that I can offer as much happiness as is to be obtained from drink or drugs or amassing great wealth by swindling widows and orphans.
In terms of lucidity, style, and content, the many books and articles from which the material for the present volume was taken amply testify that Lord Russell had no peer among twentieth-century writers. What makes the selections in this book unique, however, is the incisive wit that Lord Russell brought to bear upon such varied subjects as religion, education, ethics, politics, psychology, and sex. Page x Seldom in history has any major philosopher been able to simultaneously display intellectual brilliance and humour.
Although Lord Russell was the victim of extraordinary bigotry during his life, the attacks did not in any way cause him to recant his open views. In this century few thinkers have been more flagrantly misrepresented than Lord Russell. Masses of people have been influenced to envisage him as a mere idol-smasher and the patron philosopher of immorality. It is a false portrait drawn from those twin sins, fear and hate. The fact that he consistently pleaded for benevolence in all spheres of human activity escaped many of his critics.