Human Society in Ethics and Politics

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First published in 1954, Human Society in Ethics and Politics is Bertrand Russell’s last full account of his ethical and political positions relating to both politics and religion. Ethics, he argues, are necessary to man because of the conflict between intelligence and impulse – if one were without the other, there would be no place for ethics. Man’s impulses and desires are equally social and solitary. Politics and ethics are the means by which we as a society and as individuals become socially purposeful and moral codes inculcate our rules of action.

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Bertrand Russell (1872-1970). A celebrated mathematician and logician, Russell was and remains one of the most genuinely widely read and popular philosophers of modern times.

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`This book is a model of philosophical lucidity.' - Philip Toynbee, The Observer

`The most careful and systematic discussion of the philosophy of ethics he has written.' - Herald Tribune

`I have once again been captivated by the strength of Lord Russell's intellect, the elegance of his prose and the causticity of his wit. He is the Voltaire of his time, and one likes him or dislikes him accordingly.' - Sunday Times

`The best course is to give him up as hopeless and read everything he writes.' - Saturday Review

`A book which commends intelligence, friendship, courage, hope and love surely has much of right on its side.' - The Scotsman

`To converse with a man of great intelligence is always a delight, and when we read the works of Lord Russell we feel ourselves in his presence.' - The Listener

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