Sceptical Essays

Sceptical Essays These propositions may seem mild yet if accepted they would absolutely revolutionize human life With these words Bertrand Russell introduces what is indeed a revolutionary book Taking as his starti

  • Title: Sceptical Essays
  • Author: Bertrand Russell
  • ISBN: 9780415079198
  • Page: 434
  • Format: Paperback
  • These propositions may seem mild, yet, if accepted, they would absolutely revolutionize human life With these words Bertrand Russell introduces what is indeed a revolutionary book Taking as his starting point the irrationality of the world, he offers by contrast something wildly paradoxical and subversive a belief that reason should determine human actions Today, These propositions may seem mild, yet, if accepted, they would absolutely revolutionize human life With these words Bertrand Russell introduces what is indeed a revolutionary book Taking as his starting point the irrationality of the world, he offers by contrast something wildly paradoxical and subversive a belief that reason should determine human actions Today, besieged as we are by the numbing onslaught of twenty first century capitalism, Russell s defence of scepticism and independence of mind is as timely as ever In clear, engaging prose, he guides us through the key philosophical issues that affect our daily lives freedom, happiness, emotions, ethics and beliefs and offers no nonsense advice.

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    1. Bertrand Russell

      Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, OM, FRS, was a Welsh philosopher, historian, logician, mathematician, advocate for social reform, pacifist, and prominent rationalist Although he was usually regarded as English, as he spent the majority of his life in England, he was born in Wales, where he also died.He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1950 in recognition of his varied and significant writings in which he champions humanitarian ideals and freedom of thought.

    944 thoughts on “Sceptical Essays”

    1. This book has been sitting on my shelves of years, LITERALLY,and I never even considered reading it until NOW-The wonders of what can make you read.Also,What my grandfather said. To my Nano. *___*


    2. Preface to the Routledge Classics Edition--Introduction: On the Value of Scepticism--Dreams and Facts--Is Science Superstitious?--Can Men be Rational?--Philosophy in the Twentieth Century--Machines and the Emotions--Behaviourism and Values--Eastern and Western Ideals of Happiness--The Harm that Good Men Do--The Recrudescence of Puritanism--The Need for Political Scepticism--Free Thought and Official Propaganda--Freedom in Society--Freedom Versus Authority in Education--Psychology and Politics--T [...]


    3. "We should even be sceptical about our own sceptism." Ladies and gentlemen, here is one of the most skeptical people of all times: Mr. Russell. In this book, Russell nearly refers to every system in human life: economy, politics, education, parenthood, marriage, health, management and talks about shortages in these systems and relates them to unexamined beliefs and lack of rational thinking. Unlike Russell, my beliefs are fuels of my life but reading this man always give me a great joy. Although [...]


    4. A rationalist book for thinking and change Being rational here means to rely on reason to form an idea, not on blind faith or prejudice.Russell does state that the forces of irrationality are much more stronger especially in religion and politics. They are promoted by propaganda, corrupt education system and traditions etc. The good man conditioned by these systems causes more harm than good. Eg fanatic nationalism, acting as cover-up for government scams, helping tyrants take over power. While [...]


    5. Filozofların hiç biriyle anlaşamam, mevcut felsefe dilinin kendini okutmakta büyük problemleri olduğunu düşünürüm. Ancak Russell bu kitapta bu problemi aşmış; açık ve sade bir üslupla arzuhalini başarıyla anlatabilmiş. Kitabı tek bir parantezde incelemek doğru olmaz, muhteviyatında birçok farklı konuya ev sahipliği yapıyor. Kitabı okurken kendinizi bilgeliği sesinden anlaşılan bir hatibin konferansında gibi hissediyorsunuz ve ben iki gün boyu dinlediğim bu konfe [...]


    6. Russell'in dönemine göre oldukça çarpıcı düşüncelerini içeren bu kitap 1928 yılında yayınlanmış. Dönemine göre çarpıcı diyorum, çünkü o dönemlerde İngiltere dahil hemen hemen bütün dünya ülkeleri kendi ideolojileri ve ekonomik sistemlerinin propagandasını içeren eğitim öğretimleriyle halklarının beynini yıkamakta, diğer uluslara düşman bireyler yetiştirmekteymiş. Buna rağmen yine de sistemlerine muhalif vatandaşları olursa, (Rusya'da kapitalist, Amer [...]


    7. Bu kitap hakkında tek bir cümle söyleme hakkım olsaydı isminin hakkını veren bir kitap olduğunu söylemekle yetinebilirdim. Ama böyle bir sınırlandırma yokken birkaç cümle daha ekleyeyim. Sceptical Essays ya da türkçesiyle Düşündüren Denemeler, Britanyalı filozof Bertrand Russell'ın gündelik olarak nitelendirebileceğimiz özgürlük, eğitim, politika, inançlar, duygular vb. konular hakkında yazmış olduğu denemelerden oluşuyor. Kitabı oldukça başarılı bulduğum [...]


    8. Well said Bertrand:"Rasyonel bir kuşkuculuğun yayılmasının etkileri ne olabilir? Insanoğlu ile ilgili olaylar güçlütutkulardan kaynaklanır; bu da onları destekleyen birtakım mitlerin doğmasına yol açar.Psikanalizciler bu sürecin kişisel görünümünü, vesikalı ve vesikasız deliler üzerindeincelemişlerdir.Bazı aşağılamalara maruz kalmış bir kişi kendisinin Ingiltere Kralı olduğu yolunda birkuram benimser ve kendisine bu yüce konumunun gerektirdiği saygı ile davr [...]


    9. ''There is a stark joy in the unflinching perception of our true place in the world, and a more vivid drama than any that is possible to those who hide behind the enclosing walls of myth. There are 'perilous seas' in the world of thought, which can only be sailed by those that are willing to face their own physical powerlessness. And above all, there is liberation from the tyranny of Fear, which blots out the light of day and keeps men grovelling and cruel. No man is liberated from fear who dare [...]


    10. Very dated. I have read a lot of Bertrand Russell, and other than some references to his contemporaries, his work, particularly the autobiography and history of Western Philosophy, stand the test of time. Skeptical Essays was written in 1928, and is very much of the period. Essays on the dangers of Puritanism refer mostly to the restriction of information on Birth Control. Russell is sympathetic throughout, and I left with the impression that, had I been living and reading in 1928, I would have [...]


    11. "Sıradan kişilerin kendi başlarına düşünmeleri istenmez; çünkü düşünen insanları yönetmek güçtür; yönetimde sorunlar çıkarırlar. Platon'un deyişiyle, yalnız yöneticiler düşünmeli, geri kalanlar sadece itaat etmeli, koyun sürüsü gibi liderlerini izlemelidirler." biçiminde tespitler içeren, okurken öğreten kitaplardan. Sevdim ben.


    12. Russell'ın en çok sevdiğim ve en okunası, eğlenceli kitabıdır. Felsefeyle ilgilenmenize gerek yok anlamak için, çok sade, anlaşılır bir dille anlatmış. Russell'la çelişirsiniz, katılmazsınız, yanlış bulursunuz ama kızamazsınız. Eğlenceli insan vesselam.


    13. A little dense, not for everyone, but great reading for anyone happy to question accepted beliefs and thinking.



    14. Essays in Skepticism is a small compilation of his actual work both old and his new theories. The first major two-thirds of the book deals with different life philosophies while the last part dives into political philosophy. Russell talks about Man, Envy and Belief, Intellectual Rubbish, God and getting old.The book starts off with a very interesting discussion that the humans blame the disasters not in their control to problems in the world today but according to Russell the principal cause is [...]


    15. I’ve added Russell’s ‘Sceptical Essays’ to the shortlist of books that I want my kids to read before they go to university (if they go to university). Largely a work of moral and political philosophy, the book has much to say about issues of social justice and is threaded throughout with a sense of tolerance, humour, compassion and humanity. However, the primary theme, as suggested in the title, is the importance of developing a sceptical attitude, of putting evidence above prejudice, of [...]


    16. This was the first major philosophical work I've read of Bertrand Russell. His philosophy of skepticism really shapes my own personal philosophy in life and I found myself agreeing with a lot of what Russell had to say. The first half of the book deals more with philosophy whereas the second part of the book ventures into the political arena. With political aspects, there are always a lot of guesswork and assumptions made that do not necessarily translate into reality. Granted Russell's politica [...]


    17. Russell writes accessibly and often wittily. As philosophy goes, he is probably the most readable of all. This volume is a collection of fairly short essays covering limited remits and can easily be bitten off and digested by the lay reader. It includes some important insights, but is not as education-dense as his magisterial History of Western Philosophy. It is interesting to consider that he wrote at a time when the profession of atheism was still technically illegal under UK law.Russell is no [...]


    18. I read the first ten essays of Peter Medawar's personal copy up as until that point the essays were not heavily involved with (slightly outdated) political philosophy. On losing my way in 'the need for political scepticism' I ended it here. That being said, highly readable and reasonable, I would recommend it to anyone interested in an easy introduction to a rational attempt at ethical philosophy, Russell always starts brilliantly as his words are clear and definitions logical, but it gets a bit [...]


    19. Bertrand was a logician, and a key component of logic is the questioning of credibility and plausibility: in other words, scepticism. Russell does not exclude science, and has nothing against questioning human happiness.In the same vain as In Praise of Idleness, Russell tackles questions that most of wouldn't think of in the first place. His point is that the beauty of scepticism is that it digs out new and sometimes more interesting questions. If idleness brings us closer to understanding the i [...]


    20. You owe it to your brain to occasionally read a book that makes you think hard about ideas you do not usually think hard about. Lord Russell is my go-it writer for this. These essays argue for skepticism about many things, though, not surprisingly, religion is mentioned, but much of what is here considers political philosophy. Even if you basically agree with Russell, he will make you think about the reasons you hold similar conclusions, and your reasons for holding them will probably be better [...]


    21. Interesting enough - and yet, most of the essays were a little boring and anodyne. Still, I'm sure they were somewhat more radical and original in the 1920's, when they were originally written. Someone once said to me "Russell is a marvelously clear and easily understood philosopher, but if only he were as good a philosopher as he is a lucid one," - and I heartily agree. That being said! This is the first book I've read by Russell and I do believe I will encounter more gripping and challenging t [...]


    22. This is a rather mixed collection of essays from Russell. There isn't one theme that warrants collecting these essays in to a book. This book contain essays where Russell argues for his idea of an international government. The first nine essays are highly recommended. The rest, while being interesting in itself, will appeal more to a political person. Overall, a nice book.


    23. Though the later essays I found quite a bore, that is simply because I'm helplessly apathetic about political philosophy, around which much of this book revolves. Ne'ertheless, many of the earlier essays are quite enthralling, with very intriguing ideas (albeit the context of his examples can be quite dated, seeing as how much of the book was written between WWI and WWII).


    24. I read the 1960 printing from my library. Russell has a great sense of humor, and his ideas will stretch your mind. I now see why he is one of Warren Buffett's favorite authors. I will likely need to read this book again for deeper understanding.


    25. Philosophies that are frequently hidden but true for all nature. It feels quite clarifying lot of feelings within own understanding. If somebody can understand and relate to the gravity of his thoughts, he will be charmed.


    26. A book where Bertrand Russells ideas on Man, knowledge, god, and growing old are written. A good (and very short) read if you're interested in his views on these subjects.


    27. If you have not read any of Bertrand Russells' works, this is an excellent place to start. Illuminate your mind and become a skeptical citizen.




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