This page features a collection of the best resources on Bertrand Russell. To get started, simply choose the type of resource that best suits your learning style.
If you want a comprehensive overview of Russell:
- Read the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Russell. However, you should keep in mind that the Stanford Encyclopedia in often quite technical and this article may be difficult for beginners. It’s also quite long at around 10,000 words. Here’s a short excerpt that introduces Russell:
“Bertrand Arthur William Russell (1872–1970) was a British philosopher, logician, essayist and social critic best known for his work in mathematical logic and analytic philosophy. His most influential contributions include his championing of logicism (the view that mathematics is in some important sense reducible to logic), his refining of Gottlob Frege’s predicate calculus (which still forms the basis of most contemporary systems of logic), his defense of neutral monism (the view that the world consists of just one type of substance which is neither exclusively mental nor exclusively physical), and his theories of definite descriptions, logical atomism and logical types…”
If you’re looking for a somewhat shorter and more engaging introduction:
- Read Clare Carlisle’s article: Bertrand Russell: philosopher, mathematician and optimist [900 words]
If you’d prefer a video introduction:
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If you’d like to read a short passage from a classic work of philosophy:
- Read this short passage from Russell’s ‘The Problems of Philosophy’ on the value of philosophy [1400 words]
If you’d just like to casually browse a few quotes:
While these resources are a great starting point, there’s only so much you can learn by using free online resources. If you want to learn more, check out this list of the Best Books on Bertrand Russell
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