9780415487382

Why Men Fight

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415487382

  • ISBN10:

    0415487382

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2009-09-08
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

Also published under the title of Principals of Social Reconstruction, and written in response to the devastation of World War I, Why Men Fightlays out Bertrand Russell's ideas on war, pacifism, reason, impulse, and personal liberty. He argues that the individualistic approach of traditional liberalism has reached its limits and that when individuals live passionately, they will have no desire for war or killing. Conversely, excessive restraint or reason causes us to live unnaturally and with hostility toward those who are unlike ourselves. This formidable work greatly contributed to Russell's fame as a formidable social critic and anti-war activist.

Author Biography

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) was one of the most formidable thinkers of the modern era. A philosopher, mathematician, educational innovator, champion of intellectual, social and sexual freedom, and a campaigner for peace and human rights, he was also a prolific writer of popular and influential books, essays and lectures on an extensive range of subjects.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Prefacep. xix
The Principle of Growthp. 1
The Statep. 24
War as an Institutionp. 46
Propertyp. 69
Educationp. 91
Marriage and the Population Questionp. 108
Religion and the Churchesp. 128
What we can dop. 146
Indexp. 163
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