Fact and Fiction (Routledge Classics) by Bertrand Russell

By Bertrand Russell

First released in 1961, truth and Fiction is a suite of Bertrand Russell’s essays that think of the books and writings that prompted his existence, together with fiction, essays on politics and schooling, divertissements and parables. additionally broaching at the hugely arguable problems with battle and peace, it really is during this vintage assortment that Russell states a few of his most famed pronouncements on nuclear struggle and diplomacy. it's a extraordinary booklet that gives helpful perception into the diversity of pursuits and intensity of convictions of 1 of the world’s maximum philosophers.

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‘The most important of readers may possibly infrequently fail to be captivated via the literary and dialectical ability of the author.’ – instances Literary Supplement

‘…an beautiful haul of small vibrant items…’ – The Observer

‘Bertrand Russell…again wakes us from sleep with the rapier of his polemicists…’ – American Statesman

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Rebels, as I have come to realize, are never quite emancipated from the people against whom they rebel. Whatever these people have admired they have to decry; whatever these people have decried they have to admire. Their opinions are thus dictated in reverse by their enemies. It only gradually becomes apparent that there is no such simple way of arriving at the truth. To assume that Mr So-and-so is always wrong is almost as bad as it is to assume that he is always right. revolt in the abstract IBSEN’S WOMEN—‘BRAWNY AND ARROGANT’ This, however, is not what I felt when I was twenty-one.

Most people in an ordered community have never committed a murder. Most people have not made false accusations against their parents who consequently perished miserably in concentration camps. Most people have not built lethal chambers in which they have exterminated millions of innocent victims. Most people have not driven large sections of mankind to the brink of insanity by hunger and cold and misery and terror. To have abstained from such acts is not to have reached a very high level of virtue, but to have committed them is to have reached a very high level of wickedness.

Rebecca West drives an unfortunate lady to suicide. Hedda Gabler, from jealousy, drives a reformed dipsomaniac back to his former failing and destroys the manuscript of the book which he has written while reformed. Hedda Gabler holds up to the contempt of everybody her well-intentioned, hard-working husband, whose sole defect is that Providence has not provided him with first-rate wits. Helda Wangel, finding that the master builder grows dizzy at great heights and therefore always avoids them, persuades him by taunts to climb to the top of a tower from which he falls to his death while she exults in this proof of her power over him.

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