Bertrand Russell, Public Intellectual


Paperback| 152x229mm | 342 Pages

£19.99 | ISBN: 978 0 85124 9100


Edited by Timothy Madigan and Peter Stone

A wide-ranging and highly accessible anthology whose ambit is actually considerably wider than its title would suggest, Bertrand Russell, Public Intellectual is actually a solid introduction to Russell, period.

Thomas W. Flynn, Editor, Free Inquiry Magazine

Bertrand Russell, Public Intellectual reflects two diversities of interests. There is Russell’s own, which could be taken from granted; and there is the diversity of the Bertrand Russell Society. The essays in the volume treat topics from education to publishing, from academic freedom to political activism, from his possible adoption of new communication modes (were he alive today) to the representation of his life and ideas in fiction. They reflect the engagement of Bertrand Russell in public affairs over three quarters of a century. They also reflect the diverse interests that bring scholars together in the Russell Society to study his manifold works.

Kenneth Blackwell, Russell Archivist, Bertrand Russell Archives, McMaster University


Contents: Peter Stone, Who Was Bertrand Russell?; Tim Madigan, Six Degrees of Bertrand Russell; John Lenz, How Bertrand Russell Became a New Kind of Intellectual during World War I; Tim Madigan, Russell and Dewey on Education; Cara Rice, Somewhere in England: Voluntary Education as Beacon Hill and Summerhill; David E. White, Russell in the Jazz Age; Thom Weidlich, A Chair of Indecency: The Bertrand Russell/City College Case; Peter Stone, Russell the Political Activist; David Blitz, A Public Intellectual on War and Peace; Tim Madigan, Russell in Popular Culture; Robert Heineman, The World As I Found It; Chad Trainer, Would Russell Have Use E-Mail?, Peter Stone, The Logic of Storytelling and the Storytelling of Logic; Tim Madigan, Russell and The Conquest of Happiness; Landon D. C. Elkind; Russell on the Ethical Value of Logic; Tony Simpson, Bertrand Russell’s Long Pursuit of Peace; Alan Schwerin, Did Russell Experience an Epiphany in 1911?; Peter Stone, Chomsky and Russell Revisited; Noam Chomsky and Peter Stone, “But there are always exceptions” (interview).