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In Praise of Idleness and Other Essays

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Intolerance and bigotry lie at the heart of all human suffering. So claims Bertrand Russell at the outset of In Praise of Idleness, a collection of essays in which he espouses the virtues of cool reflection and free enquiry; a voice of calm in a world of maddening unreason. From a devastating critique of the ancestry of fascism to a vehement defence of 'useless' knowledge, with consideration given to everything from insect pests to the human soul, this is a tour de force that only Bertrand Russell could perform.

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In Praise of Idleness: And Other Essays
2004, Routledge, London, England

ISBN-13: 9780415325066

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In Praise of Idleness: And Other Essays
1985, Routledge, London

ISBN-13: 9780415109246

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In Praise of Idleness and Other Essays
1981, Allen & Unwin Australia

ISBN-13: 9780043040065

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In Praise of Idleness and Other Essays
1960, Allen & Unwin, Sydney

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