Bertrand Russell: The Spirit of Solitude

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Jonathan Cape, 1996 - Philosophy - 695 pages
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The Spirit of Solitude is the first volume of a biography that seeks to describe Russell's intellectual achievements, his political work and his tortured emotional life in a single narrative, in such a way as to shed new light on all three. It is the product of five years of research into Russell's vast ouvre of published work and into the original documents - letters, manuscripts and papers - that Russell left behind. Many of the sources used have previously been unpublished, including hitherto embargoed letters to his lover Constance Malleson and his second wife, Dora.

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Ray Monk has keen, scholarly aptitude when epitomizing someone so complex as Russell. Although he dredges up much concerning Russell's private life, he does adequately address his philosophy in ... Read full review

Bertrand Russell: the spirit of solitude, 1872-1921

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Russell is often said to be the greatest philosopher of the century, but it is hard to find a Russellian doctrine that has stood the test of time. "Russellians" are mostly scholars who study his work ... Read full review


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Monk is a lecturer in philosophy at Southampton University and the acclaimed biographer of Russell and Wittgenstein.

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