Bertrand Russell : A Free Man’s Worship

831 words - 3 pages

This essay will explain the beliefs and philosophies of Bertrand Russell. He was the author of, "A Free Man's Worship". In Betrand's essay, he presents an atheistic perspective on morality. He clearly believes that there is no God and that eventually the human race will rid itself. In this essay, why Bertrand concludes there can be no God will be explained. Bertrand writes that a God that was good could not possibly have created a world of such cruel and evil people. He says that humans create God based on their own reflections of power in the world. Russell writes that the human race is only in existence due to an accidental collocation of atoms. All effort of heroism, devotion, inspiration, and worship will not matter beyond the grave. Humans are afraid of this being true and therefore we create our own paradise. To Russell, if power is bad we should reject it from our hearts. The determination to worship only the God created by us is mans true freedom. In action, in desire, we must submit to the ruling of outside forces; but in thought, in aspiration, we are free from mans rules. Not only in life but in death, due to the fact that we are preserved by our memory therefore, almost as if we are immortal. The fact that we are free to know, to learn, to criticize, and to imagine is how we can preserve our aspirations without them being tarnished. Bertrand make a very compelling statement went he writes, "To abandon the struggle for private happiness, to expel all eagerness of temporary desire, to burn with passion for eternal things-this is emancipation, and this is the free man's worship." This sentence is a key point in Russell's ethics. On the subject of resentment, Russell has many opinions. He writes that indignation is a burden. Indignation is an oppression because it induces our thoughts to think of evil things in the world. Rebellion is the consequence of indignation in which according to Bertrand, we must overcome in order to become wise. Bertrand writes that even though resentment is a submission of our thoughts, freedom and wisdom comes from the submission of our desires. In the submission of our desires comes forth, the acceptance of virtue, art and philosophical viewpoints. ...

Find Another Essay On Bertrand Russell : A Free Man’s Worship

War in Vietnam. Essay

1212 words - 5 pages 1940s. Since his youth, Lord Russell has been noted for his iconoclastic views and his frank and direct expression of them. He expressed his views through his writing. Among his books are The ABC of Relativity (1925), Education and Social Order (1932), A History of Western Philosophy (1945), The Impact of Science upon Society (1952), My Philosophical Development (1959), War Crimes in Vietnam (1967), and The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell (1967

Bertrand Russell Essay

908 words - 4 pages was ruled to be inconsistent and contradictive. However, this is what Russell was trying to achieve. Russell would go on to state that there “such a set does not exist” (Wikipedia). This paradox would be the beginning of Russell’s fame in the field of mathematics and logic. Principia Mathematica was co-written by Bertrand Russell and Alfred Whitehead. This should not be confused for the book The Principals of Mathematics, which was published in

The Nature of Change

1140 words - 5 pages Humans have a tendency to point out the flaws in their peers, simply because it is easier to find someone’s flaws instead of their strengths. Bertrand Russell’s essay, “Individual liberty and Public Control,” supports this idea by suggesting that all societies are quick to judge and immediately reject any change that makes itself present in the community. In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Julius Caesar, Marcus Brutus, and Mark Antony are

Caesarean Change

1085 words - 4 pages Caesar (Bertrand Russell 1). Russell states a number of facts about the way society views innovators and the statues quo, and Julius Caesar, written by William Shakespeare many centuries before Russell was born, demonstrates that his philosophy applies to all generations, before, present, and after his time period. Bertrand Russell states that the instinct of conventionality is the most important reason why society resists innovators. For example

Why I Am Not A Christian

1723 words - 7 pages that the church opposes all progresses in humane feeling because I do not have a lot of knowledge in that field.HOW THE CHURCHES HAVE RETAREDED PROGRESS Russell says that churches compel one to mention unpleasant facts. It also inflicts quite a lot of unnecessary and undeserved suffering to all kinds of people. The church also makes some conduct rules which have nothing to do with human happiness.I agree Bertrand Russel's statement but I would

The Value of Philosophical Thinking

1353 words - 5 pages and sense of being to an uncharted place through reasoning and an endless inquiry is something worth attempting. This passage on Bertrand Russell view of the value of this subject presents a world of opportunities. Still, it is reassuringly honest in the presentation of the role of a student of philosophy, openly telling the reader it will be unable to tell us with any certainty the answers to the doubts it raises, what it will do is suggest

The Value of Philosophy

880 words - 4 pages As a concluding thought in his book entitled, The Problems of Philosophy, Bertrand Russell wrestles with the value of philosophy and why philosophy should continue to be studied. Philosophy’s value must be sought after, he states, in order to truly understand its importance. In order to do so, one must rid his or her mind, first, of any practical prejudices such as material needs like food only being for the body’s nourishment


771 words - 4 pages death is not the worst thing that can happen, according to Bertrand Russell. He says, “Patriots always talk of dying for their country and never of killing for their country.”. This statement was never truer for Paul when he is forced to stab a Frenchman who jumps into his hiding place. The man has “an invisible dagger with which he stabs me: Time and my thoughts.” (Remarque 221). For the first time, Paul has killed a man in hand-to-hand combat

appearence and reality

573 words - 2 pages Appearance and Reality      In Chapter One Bertrand Russell basically wants to know the true meaning of “reality”. The truth is that “reality” can never truly be determined. I say this because there is a difference between believing and actually knowing. For example I know the desk in the front of the classroom is real. I know this because all of my senses concur. Now when I try to determine to color, the texture or

The Universe: The Design Argument by William Paley

1423 words - 6 pages points concerning design, Paley's argument is stronger. Russell disagrees with aspects of the design argument, but not anything that would leave Paley speechless. Alternatively, Russell seems to quickly switch subjects and have a somewhat dogmatic view. Paley has much stronger support for his specific views than Russell does when it comes to the design argument. In the above essay, I presented the opposing views of William Paley and Bertrand

Csikszentmihalyi and Russell Flow in the Workplace

2617 words - 10 pages minute of them. Mihayli Csikszentmihalyi and Bertrand Russell both believe that work is good and can be beneficial and enjoyable. Csikszentmihalyi applies his theory of flow to work and argues that flow can be found in the workplace and that workers should be challenged. Russell argues that work is good if it is enjoyable and it takes away boredom and challenges a person or requires the use of specific skills. Russell writes that "There are in

Similar Essays

Critique Of Is There A God? By Bertrand Russell

2174 words - 9 pages profound example of how Russell deals with conventional subject matter. The apparent purpose of this article might be to debate the existence of God; however, Russell’s purpose is polemical. Russell analyses various perspectives on the existence of a deity in the context of 20th century. In this article, the historical origins of monotheism are explored since it is the most prevalent of all forms of deity worship. Then the various arguments by

The Relevance Of Philosophy, Essay About A Bertrand Russell Extract

1136 words - 5 pages reserved for Oxbridge high-brows; or a sort of intellectual table-tennis indulged in by the Ancient Greeks to while the time away before television came along. Russell suggests that it may actually serve a purpose for everyone.In the first line, Russell is clearly contrasting his own belief in the inherent uncertainty of philosophy with the attitude of those people who dedicate their lives to a search for the 'right' theory, in an attempt to

The World View Of Bertrand Russell

2474 words - 10 pages (55). Russell states that Miss McMillan is training children to create a free community. If this could happen, it would solve our social problems. Yet we must teach children to live and let live from birth. He then goes on to state that "Given men and women who do not desire the things which can only be secured through the misfortunes of others, the obstacles to social freedom will be at an end. (56)." In my opinion, Bertrand Russell's central

Bertrand Russell Essay

5304 words - 21 pages Bertrand Russell Introduction Bertrand Russell was one of the preeminent thinkers of the 20th century. His work on mathematical logic laid the basis for a good portion of modern mathematics; his political thought was influential both in his time and after; and his philosophical thought is both complicated and highly intelligent. He is considered one of the two or three most important logicians of the 20th century. During his lifetime he