Bertrand Russell Philosophical Writings

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New editions of Bertrand Russell's Philosophical Writings

Spokesman Books have published a number of Bertrand Russell's philosophical classics.

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Logic and Knowledge is the first of the series to be published. It contains one of Russell's most influential pieces On Denoting.

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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Logic and Knowledge</span>Logic and Knowledge
by Bertrand Russell

Logic and Knowledge has been acclaimed as the most widely-used university text for teaching Russell's philosophy.

Ten essays, including the landmark On Denoting, which extend through fifty years in the life of one of the great philosophers of our time.

" ... for the most part these are writings which it would be impertinent to praise; they are the best work of one of the most influential minds of our time." The Sunday Times

Many of Bertrand Russell's most important essays in logic and the theory of knowledge were not easily available until Professor Marsh collected them together in 1956. It is now the best source of Russell's views in these areas and is firmly established as a philosophical classic in its own right. The collection presents essays which are both historically important and which have profoundly influenced the course of philosophy.

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380 pages | ISBN: 978 085124 7432
Philosophical Writings


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy</span>Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy
by Bertrand Russell

Russell is the most important philosopher of mathematics of the twentieth century. The author of The Principles of Mathematics, and, with Alfred Whitehead, the massive Principia Mathematica, he brought together his formidable knowledge of the subject and skills as a gifted communicator to provide a classic introduction to the philosophy of mathematics.

Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy sets out in a lucid and non-technical way the main ideas of Principia Mathematica. It is as inspiring and useful to the beginner now as it was when it was first published in 1919.


Price: 15.00

216 pages Indexed | Paperback
ISBN: 978 085124 7380


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Mysticism and Logic</span>Mysticism and Logic
by Bertrand Russell

A collections of essays addressed by the philosopher to the general reader, five of which the author describes as 'entirely popular' and the others as 'somewhat more technical'.

Mysticism and Logic is concerned with different ways of knowing, the ultimate nature of matter and the particular problems of philosophy. They reveal one of Russell's lifelong preoccupations: the disentanglement of what is subjective or intellectually cloudy from what is objective or capable of logical demonstration.

"The present volume is perhaps the most graceful and polished unbending ever achieved by a follower of abstruse studies." The New Statesman

Price: 12.00

198 pages | ISBN: 978 085124 7359
Philosophical Writings


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>The Analysis of Matter</span>The Analysis of Matter
by Bertrand Russell

One of the earliest and best philosophical studies of the physics of relativity and quantum mechanics, The Analysis of Matter was a companion volume to The Analysis of Mind, which had provided a similar service for psychology. In an attempt to demonstrate the logical structure of the world, Russell develops his views about the philosophy of science out of the theories of scientists such as Einstein, Bohr and Heisenberg.

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418 pages Indexed | Paperback
ISBN: 978 085124 7403


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>The Analysis of Mind</span>The Analysis of Mind
by Bertrand Russell

"This book has grown out of an attempt to harmonize two different tendencies, one in psychology, the other in physics, with both of which I find myself in sympathy, although at first sight they might seem inconsistent. On the one hand, many psychologists, especially those of the behaviourist school, tend to adopt what is essentially a materialistic position, as a matter of method if not of metaphysics. They make psychology increasingly dependent on physiological and external observation, and tend to think of matter as something much more solid and indubitable than mind. Meanwhile the physicists, especially Einstein and other exponents of the theory of relativity, have been making 'matter' less and less material. Their world consists of 'events' from which 'matter' is derived by a logical construction …
I think that what has permanent value in the outlook of the behaviourists is the feeling that physics is the most fundamental science at present in existence. But this position cannot be called materialistic, if, as seems to be the case, physics does not assume the existence of matter." Bertrand Russell


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310 pages Indexed | Paperback
ISBN: 978 085124 7410


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>My Philosophical Development</span>My Philosophical Development
by Bertrand Russell

A survey such as this by one of the world's leading thinkers, of nearly seventy years of his own philosophical work, is clearly as important as it is fascinating. It is a masterpiece of philosophical autobiography.

'A work of immense fascination and distinction.'

The Observer



Price: 12.00

208 pages | Paperback
ISBN: 978 085124 7366


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Political Ideals</span>Political Ideals
by Bertrand Russell

In this volume Bertrand Russell outlines the basic tenets of his political code.

Political Ideals is a rigorous and important survey of capitalism, socialism and the organisation of society.

Political Ideals was written during the upheaval of World War One, but still significant to every reader interested in the nature of man's responsibilities and privileges as a social being. It is in many ways, a statement, of Bertrand Russell's beliefs, a declaration of the ideas that have influenced his thinking on the major events of the twentieth century.

In this sense, it is essential reading for every student of this great philosopher. For it defines his principle that the only true aim of politics is to give free play to man's natural creativity, and to deaden, whenever they manifest themselves, the forces of acquisition, power and convention that jeopardise individual responsibility and freedom.

Price: 10.00

160 pages | ISBN: 978 085124 7311
Philosophical Writings


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>The Philosophy of Leibniz</span>The Philosophy of Leibniz
by Bertrand Russell

Russell's first strictly philosophical work, this study remains one of the most important studies of Leibniz ever published. It established an approach to studying philosophers of the past that emphasises the philosophical rather than the historical. In Russell's own words, `Philosophic truth and falsehood, in short rather than historical fact, are what primarily demand our attention in this inquiry.'

His interpretation emphasised the logical and deductive power of Leibniz's system in opposition to the standard interpretations that had previously led Russell to believe that the Monadology was a kind of fantastic fairy tale.


Price: 15.00

408 pages Indexed | Paperback
Available April 2008
ISBN: 978 085124 7427


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>An Inquiry into Meaning and Truth</span>An Inquiry into Meaning and Truth
by Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell is concerned with the foundations of knowledge which he approaches first through language. 'Meaning', as applied to words, is shown to be different for words of different kinds: object-words, proper names, logical words and dictionary words. For a sentence we have to consider the way that it expresses something of the nature of an assertion, a denial, an imperative, a desire, or a question. We can understand what it expresses if we know the meaning of its several words and the rules of syntax. From this Russell passes to a discussion of a belief and a sentence in which it is expressed. 'Knowledge' and 'truth' involve the relationship of truth to experience and Russell considers whether we can know that there are unknowable truths.

Price: 18.00

352 pages Indexed | Paperback
ISBN: 978 085124 7373


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>An Essay on the Foundations of Geometry</span>An Essay on the Foundations of Geometry
by Bertrand Russell

The Foundations of Geometry is Russell's first philosophical work, published in 1897. It is based on his Cambridge dissertation as well as lectures given in the United States. The book provides an insight into his earliest analytic and critical thought, as well as an introduction to the philosophical and logical foundations of non-Euclidean geometry, a version of which is central to Einstein's theory of relativity. As such, it is a valuable resource, not only for students of philosophy, but also for those interested in understanding Russell's philosophical development.

Price: 12.00

212 pages | Paperback
ISBN: 978 085124 7397


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