In Praise of Idleness

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Intolerance and bigotry lie at the heart of all human suffering. So claims Bertrand Russell at the outset of ‘In Praise of Idleness’, a collection of essays in which he espouses the virtues of cool reflection and free enquiry; a voice of calm in a world of maddening unreason.

ISBN: 9780415325066 Author: Russell, Bertrand Publisher: Routledge Publication Date: 2nd February 2004 Imprint: Routledge Cover: Paperback Dewey: 301 (edition:22) Pages: 171 Edition: New edition 2 Readership: College - higher education / Code: F Category: Subject:

Intolerance and bigotry lie at the heart of all human suffering. So claims Bertrand Russell at the outset of In Praise of Idleness, a collection of essays in which he espouses the virtues of cool reflection and free enquiry; a voice of calm in a world of maddening unreason. From a devastating critique of the ancestry of fascism to a vehement defence of ‘useless’ knowledge, with consideration given to everything from insect pests to the human soul, this is a tour de force that only Bertrand Russell could perform.

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