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This is very good and the main topic to read with book details isbn 97806848280. Making Sense of Bertrand Russell s Complicated Life I waited a long time to get a hold of this book and it was definitely worth the wait Ray Monk presents a detailed life of the great philosopher including Bertrand Russell s considerable achievements and romantic entanglements What makes Monk s biography a worthy albeit time consuming read is the amount of material he draws from Russell s writings and letters and the letters and memoirs of those who knew him best his wives and mistresses As an atheist I approached this book to better understand how and when Russell began to have doubts and lost his belief in God Surprisingly the beginnings of Russell s atheism began when he was a teenager There is some discussion of Russell s beliefs but it is not explored as fully as I would like Russell s own writings could be confusing as he uses phrases like God religion heaven and hell and related terms with his correspondents and those unfamiliar with his form of atheism might not always realize the context in which he uses these terms Indeed Russell abandoned religious faith just before he went up to Cambridge To appease his formidable grandmother whom he justifiable held to be a religious hypocrite he did not voice his doubts publicly but committed them to his private journal For the most part Monk avoids a detailed discussion of Russell s lack of religious faith For much of his life Russell s longing for belief in a mysticism akin to Spinoza s intellectual love of God fought a running battle with a corrosive scepticism that he could not never uite shake off and in which he often took a certain delight p 69In his first writing on his religion Russell euates his God with Truth a stern and pitiless deity and the adherents of this bleak religion do not seek happiness but wisdom The key to wisdom Monk notes is renunciation and fortitude in the face of disillusionment p 160 It can be said that Russell did not hold any value in organized religion however Perhaps there will be a detailed discussion of Russell s lack of religious faith in the Monk s second volume Monk undertakes great effort to present Russell s philosophical development without being overly technical in fact he takes what really reuires specialist knowledge to understand fully and makes it almost intelligible Ultimately it is not Russell s deep ideas but his complicated personal life that overtakes the book The many overlapping ideas that Russell explored in his professional life many of which Monk demonstrates were demolished by Wittgenstein s devastating analysis were mirrored by his overlapping romantic relationships

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Bertrand Russell 1872 1920 The Spirit of Solitude

22: format: Hardcover and others 693 pages and has a text language like English. After reading three hundred pages of rather smallish print I noticed that World War I hadn t even started How could Russell s life ever get covered in the remaining 300 pages Then I noticed that this was just Volume 1 Oops So much of this is unnecessary except perhaps to fulfil some ideal of documenting just about everything that can be documented The material about Bertie s love life just goes on and on One wishes he hadn t written so many letters It seems a nearly week by week account of his thoughts and moods about first his wife Alys then his mistress Ottoline At each stage he examines himself and articulates a new ethic based on the current state of his feelings It holds your interest for a while sometimes romantically sometimes pruriently but finally it just gets boringThe other main thread is his work in logic and the philosophy of mathematics The author makes a brave effort to explain what Russell was up to in what was after all the most important part of his life but I doubt that it s an area that can be understood without graduate work in the areas concerned Unless you have a deep deep interest in all things Russell I d recommend a biography of a reasonable length You might want to have a look a Monk s preface though to see what he thinks are the shortcomings of the various books that came before his

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Best Kindle, Bertrand Russell 1872 1920 The Spirit of Solitude Author Ray Monk. What a crummy book I pick this out of the bargain bin to learn a little of the philosophy and mathematical theory of Mr Russell True this is a biography not a dissertation but a man is his thoughts So when you tell a man s life it should be a manifestation of his mind However after slogging through this poorly written book I still have no idea who this man was I just know the names of all his girlfriends and his romantic tribulations Who cares who he was kissing under the bleachers at the sock hop


10 thoughts on “Bertrand Russell 1872 1920 The Spirit of Solitude

  1. says:

    No one can capture the philosopher's life like a fellow philosopher One of the interesting character of the 20th century Russell was a daring thinker and fearlessly applied his conclusions on life to his own with disasterous results Turns out

  2. says:

    What a crummy book I pick this out of the bargain bin to learn a little of the philosophy and mathematical theory of Mr R

  3. says:

    Ray Monk’s book is by far the best biography of Bertrand Russell out there It is also a book that if you are a great admirer of Russell’s like I was and still am you need to read with your eyes open What distinguishes this biography from ot

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    Making Sense of Bertrand Russell's Complicated Life I waited a long time to get a hold of this book and it was definitely worth the wait Ray Monk presents a detailed life of the great philosopher including Bertrand Russell's considerable achievements and romantic entanglements What makes Monk's biography a wor

  5. says:

    i read this book before and i'm reading it again i don't want to rate it because i do loathe the message of the book as much as i admire the ma

  6. says:

    ray monk's vol1 spirit of solitudeI remember an instant of the same pain at Southgate once in thinking of the sadness which is always suggested by natural beauty when the idea flashed across my mind that when most in harmony with Nature I felt most sad and that therefore the spirit of Nature must be sad and the Universe a

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    At times brilliant at other times tedious This book lacks consistency I spotted a couple of local places misnamed which undermined my faith in some of the other information it is a monumental first part but I would have preferred it with 300 pages edited out Far too much relationship info Not needed Also excessively negative much of the time Monk being true to his feelings but not the best Russell biog in my opinion Nee

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    Ray Monk is very good at what he does I think this book would have been better if Russell had lived a shorter life There w

  9. says:

    After reading three hundred pages of rather smallish print I noticed that World War I hadn't even started How could Russell's life ever get covered in the remaining 300 pages? Then I noticed that this was just Volume 1 Oops So much

  10. says:

    Wow just wowAs a philosopher Russell is actually not uite one of the greats This biography shows how inconsistent he was with his theories and how his mind was troubled with emotional problems from his youth onwards This book is thus