- Publisher: Cornell University Library (June 12 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1112026150
- ISBN-13: 978-1112026157
- Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 1.9 x 16.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 313 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
Why Men Fight: A Method of Abolishing the International Duel (1917) Paperback – Jun 12 2009
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About the Author
Bertrand Arthur William Russell,was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, political activist and Nobel laureate. At various points in his life he considered himself a liberal, a socialist, and a pacifist, but he also admitted that he had "never been any of these things, in any profound sense". He was born in Monmouthshire into one of the most prominent aristocratic families in the United Kingdom. In the early 20th century, Russell led the British "revolt against idealism". He is considered one of the founders of analytic philosophy along with his predecessor Gottlob Frege, colleague G. E. Moore, and protégé Ludwig Wittgenstein. He is widely held to be one of the 20th century's premier logicians. With A. N. Whitehead he wrote Principia Mathematica, an attempt to create a logical basis for mathematics. His philosophical essay "On Denoting" has been considered a "paradigm of philosophy". His work has had a considerable influence on mathematics, logic, set theory, linguistics, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, computer science (see type theory and type system), and philosophy, especially the philosophy of language, epistemology, and metaphysics. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I think there is a lot of good material to chew on in this book - published in 1916. I can only wonder if he would still believe the U. S. Is the right super power to achieve and maintain world peace as he alludes to in the book. So much has been revealed about U. S. hegemony and the covert ways it endorses to accomplish it's goals of empire.
I think Russell might be accurate when suggesting one united power is required to stop or reduce the violence caused by the simple impulses of the few. I would like to see the United Nations given more responsibility here; currently weakened by the super powers and rogue states.
Still, Russell's suggestion is probably just the wishful thinking of the enlightened. And Hobbes was right all along.
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