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Five essays: Political Ideals; Capitalism and the Wage System; Pitfalls in Socialism; Individual Liberty and Public Control; National Independence and Internationalism.

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Essays on philosophy, religion, science, and mathematics.

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The Conquest of Happiness is Bertrand Russell's recipe for good living. First published in 1930, it pre-­dates the current obsession with self-­help by decades. Leading the reader step by step through the causes of unhappiness and the personal choices, compromises and sacrifices that (may) lead to the final, affirmative conclusion of 'The Happy Man', this is popular philosophy, or even self-­help, as it should be written.

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In daily life, we assume as certain many things which, on a closer scrutiny, are found to be so full of apparent contradictions that only a great amount of thought enables us to know what it is that we really may believe. In the search for certainty, it is natural to begin with our present experiences, and in some sense, no doubt, knowledge is to be derived from them. But any statement as to what it is that our immediate experiences make us know is very likely to be wrong. It seems to me that I am now sitting in a chair, at a table of a certain shape, on which I see sheets of paper with writing or print. By turning my head I see out of the window buildings and clouds and the sun. I believe that the sun is about ninety-­three million miles from the earth; that it is a hot globe many times bigger than the earth; that, owing to the earth's rotation, it rises every morning, and will continue to do so for an indefinite time in the future. I believe that, if any other normal person . . .

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Pubblicato nel 1935 in un’Europa attraversata dall’ascesa dei totalitarismi, Scienza e religione non è solo un importante testo di filosofia dedicato alla secolare lotta tra pensiero scientifico e autorità religiosa, ma rappresenta, oggi come allora, una preziosissima arma intellettuale contro l’oppressione generata dal pensiero unico di qualunque matrice, teologica o politica.
I temi affrontati – gli strabilianti progressi della medicina, l’impatto culturale della rivoluzione copernicana, dell’evoluzionismo di Darwin e della psicologia scientifica – hanno rimodellato la nostra percezione del cosmo e di noi stessi in un contesto ormai privo di rassicuranti certezze sul destino e sul ruolo del genere umano. Di qui, l’inevitabile attacco da parte di chi fonda sulla verità rivelata il controllo e la produzione del sapere.
A Russell, tuttavia, non preme tanto l’esaltazione dei trionfi della scienza, quanto l’affermazione della costitutiva diversità tra l’approccio scientifico alla . . .

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Between 1931 and 1935, Bertrand Russell contributed some 156 essays to the literary pages of the American newspaper. These were often fun, humorous observations on the very real issues of the day, such as the Depression, the rise of Nazism and Prohibition, to more perennial themes such as love, parenthood, education and friendship. Available for the first time in the Routledge Classics series in a single volume, this pithy, provocative and often-­personal collection of essays brings together the very best of Russell’s many contributions to the, and proves just as engaging for today’s readers as they were in the 1930s.

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Books of Bertrand Russell