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  • S.M.Jaffar
    I believe that Bertrend Russel is a philosopher who should be read for guidance,partucularly his history of Western Philosophy. For social relationships and
    Message 1 of 3 , Sep 9, 2007
      I believe that Bertrend Russel is a philosopher who should be read
      for guidance,partucularly his history of Western Philosophy.
      For social relationships and way out from
      entaglements with haves and have nots ,study of Mrxism is essential.
      Existentialism emphasises individual responsibility and underlines
      the role of authentic thiking for transformation of an unjust
      system.The Gandhian approach to the sanctity of means to achieve
      social ends has also to be considered.In short this will make a person
      tolerant,enlightened who would avoid violent means.S.M.Jaffar
    • Raza Hamdani
      Jaffar While Bertrand Russell is certainly one of the most important philosophers, History of Western Philosophy is definitely not his most important piece
      Message 2 of 3 , Sep 10, 2007
        Jaffar

        While Bertrand Russell is certainly one of the most important philosophers,
        'History of Western Philosophy' is definitely not his most important piece
        of work. Secondly, how is a history of philosophy supposed to guide you on
        philosophical questions? At best, it could be used as a reference book.
        Moreover, as far as I can remember, Russell wasn't exactly a fan of Marx.
        Russell's thoughts in 'Principles of Social Reconstruction' differ from
        Marx's social evaluations and Rusell also sidelines Socialism as an inferior
        system to Syndicalism in 'Roads to Freedom'.

        Raza


        On 9/9/07, S.M.Jaffar <jaffar_sm@...> wrote:
        >
        > I believe that Bertrend Russel is a philosopher who should be read
        > for guidance,partucularly his history of Western Philosophy.
        > For social relationships and way out from
        > entaglements with haves and have nots ,study of Mrxism is essential.
        > Existentialism emphasises individual responsibility and underlines
        > the role of authentic thiking for transformation of an unjust
        > system.The Gandhian approach to the sanctity of means to achieve
        > social ends has also to be considered.In short this will make a person
        > tolerant,enlightened who would avoid violent means.S.M.Jaffar
        >
        >
        >


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      • jimstuart46
        Raza, With regard to Bertrand Russell s History of Western Philosophy , you write: How is a history of philosophy supposed to guide you on philosophical
        Message 3 of 3 , Sep 10, 2007
          Raza,

          With regard to Bertrand Russell's "History of Western Philosophy", you
          write:

          "How is a history of philosophy supposed to guide you on philosophical
          questions? At best, it could be used as a reference book."

          Actually, Russell's book is more that a history of ideas – he does
          examine the philosophical questions that the various philosophers
          consider, and he does offer philosophical arguments for and against.

          I read Russell's book as a young man, and I found it very informative
          and enlightening. I would certainly recommend it to anyone who wants
          an overview of Western Philosophy.

          Russell criticises Marx, as he does the other philosophers he writes
          about, but from memory he had some sympathy for socialist ideas. He
          was imprisoned in England during the First World War for refusing to
          fight, and he was generally very forward thinking on social issues.

          Jim


          --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, "Raza Hamdani" <razahamdani@...> wrote:
          >
          > Jaffar
          >
          > While Bertrand Russell is certainly one of the most important
          philosophers,
          > 'History of Western Philosophy' is definitely not his most important
          piece
          > of work. Secondly, how is a history of philosophy supposed to guide
          you on
          > philosophical questions? At best, it could be used as a reference book.
          > Moreover, as far as I can remember, Russell wasn't exactly a fan of
          Marx.
          > Russell's thoughts in 'Principles of Social Reconstruction' differ from
          > Marx's social evaluations and Rusell also sidelines Socialism as an
          inferior
          > system to Syndicalism in 'Roads to Freedom'.
          >
          > Raza
          >
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