Short works

Books : reviews

Bertrand Russell.
The Problems of Philosophy.
OUP. 1912

Bertrand Russell.
A Free Man's Worship, and other essays (== Mysticism and Logic) .
Unwin. 1917


A Free Man's Worship. 1903
Mysticism and Logic. 1914
The Place of Science in a Liberal Education. 1913
The Study of Mathematics. 1907
p63. Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty --- a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture, without appeal to any part of our weaker nature, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music, yet sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show.
Mathematics and the Metaphysicians. Recent Work in the Philosophy of Mathematics. 1901
p76. mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true.
On Scientific Method in Philosophy. 1914
The Ultimate Constituents of Matter. 1915
The Relation of Sense-data to Physics. 1914
On the Notion of Cause. 1912
Knowledge by Acquaintance and Knowledge by Description. 1910

Bertrand Russell.
Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy.
Allen and Unwin. 1919

p71. The method of "postulating" what we want has many advantages; they are the same as the advantages of theft over honest toil. Let us leave them to others and proceed with our honest toil. (from Chapter VII: Rational, Real, and Complex Numbers)

Bertrand Russell.
On Education: especially in early childhood.
Unwin. 1926

Bertrand Russell.
Marriage and Morals.
Unwin. 1929

Bertrand Russell.
The Conquest of Happiness.
Unwin. 1930

p104. One should as a rule respect public opinion in so far as is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny, and is likely to interfere with happiness in all kinds of ways. (from Ch. 9: Fear of Public Opinion )
p160. To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization, and at present very few people have reached this level. (from Ch. 14: Work )

Bertrand Russell.
The Philosophy of Leibniz: 2nd edn.
Spokesman. 1937

Bertrand Russell.
Power: a new social analysis.
Unwin. 1938

Bertrand Russell.
Unpopular Essays.
Unwin. 1950


Philosophy and Politics. 1950
Philosophy for Laymen. 1950
The Future of Mankind. 1950
Philosophy's Ulterior Motives. 1950
The Superior Virtue of the oppressed. 1950
On Being Modern-minded. 1950
An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish. 1950

p111. Aristotle, in spite of his reputation, is full of absurdities. ... He tells us that the blood of females is blacker than that of males; ... ; that women have fewer teeth than men, and so on.

p115. Aristotle could have avoided the mistake of thinking that women have fewer teeth than men, by the simple device of asking Mrs. Aristotle to keep her mouth open while he counted. He did not do so because he thought he knew.

p116. If an opinion contrary to your own makes you angry, that is a sign that you are subconsciously aware of having no good reason for thinking as you do. If some one maintains that two and two are five, or that Iceland is on the equator, you feel pity rather than anger, unless you know so little of arithmetic or geography that his opinion shakes your own contrary conviction. The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way. Persecution is used in theology, not in arithmetic, because in arithmetic there is knowledge, but in theology there is only opinion.

The Functions of a Teacher. 1950
Ideas that Have Helped Mankind. 1950
Ideas that Have Harmed Mankind. 1950
Eminent Men I Have Known. 1950
Obituary. 1937

Bertrand Russell.
History of Western Philosophy: 2nd edn.
Unwin. 1961