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Bertrand Russell : Committed sceptic in public life

Callaghan, JT 2014, 'Bertrand Russell : Committed sceptic in public life' , Journal of Social History and the History of Social Movements?Mitteilungsblatt des Instituts fur soziale Bewegungen, 51 , pp. 239-263.

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Abstract

Bertrand Russell came from a political family but was devoted to an academic life before 1914. It was the Great War which transformed him. He broke from the Liberal Party, began to regard himself as a socialist and became a prominent public intellectual, noted for his independence of mind. Throughout the rest of his long life he earned a living as a writer and public speaker, devoting at least as much time to politics and social questions as he did to philosophy and science. Though Russell’s intellectual gifts were exceptional his political odyssey was not. It illustrates the strength of liberalism and its permeability with socialism in twentieth century Britain, as well as the relatively strong tradition of dissent on matters of defence and foreign policy found within these overlapping political cultures.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Democracy and Human Rights
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Social History and the History of Social Movements?Mitteilungsblatt des Instituts fur soziale Bewegungen
Publisher: Klartext
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 9783837513219
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: JT Callaghan
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2015 16:39
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2015 16:39
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/35645

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