Bertrand Russell in 90 Minutes (Philosophers in 90 Minutes Series)

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Paul Strathern is author of the popular and critically acclaimed Philosophers in 90 Minutes series. Highlights from the series include Nietzsche in 90 Minutes, Aristotle in 90 Minutes, and Plato in 90 Minutes. Mr. Strathern has lectured in philosophy and mathematics and now lives and writes in London. A former Somerset Maugham prize winner, he is also the author of books on history and travel as well as five novels. His articles have appeared in a great many newspapers, including the Observer (London) and the Irish Times. His own degree in philosophy came from Trinity College, Dublin.

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Like Strathern himself, Bertrand Russell was a popularizer of philosophy, and his History of Western Phi losophy (1945) is one of the best one-volume works on it. Russell's stature as a philosopher, however, comes from his project to reduce mathematics to a logically coherent system without resting it on axioms. Alas, Kurt Godel exposed this effort as a chimera, but Russell's thought about epistemology fared better. Strathern condenses Russell's heavy thinking into a few paragraphs, leavening it with highlights of his life, such as the turmoil arising from his logician's approach to emotional and social life, which led him to contemplate suicide, conduct assignations galore, and champion liberal causes and pacifism. Gilbert Taylor
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