Power: A New Social Analysis

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Psychology Press, 2004 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 258 pages
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The key to human nature that Marx found in wealth and Freud in sex, Bertrand Russell finds in power. Power, he argues, is man's ultimate goal, and is, in its many guises, the single most important element in the development of any society. Written in the late 1930s when Europe was being torn apart by extremist ideologies and the world was on the brink of war, Russell set out to found a 'new science', one which would make sense of the traumatic events of the day and offer an explanation for those that would follow.The result was Power , a remarkable book which Russell regarded as one of the most important of his long career. Countering the totalitarian desire to dominate, Russell shows how political enlightenment and human understanding can lead to peace - his book is a passionate call for independence of mind and a celebration of the instinctive joy of human life.
 

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Despite its promises, "Power" isn't really a new analysis of anything, but it is an interesting, and sometimes bracing, meander through the subject. Russell was writing at a particularly tense point ... Read full review

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In this edition on page 8 we have "Alder, in his book..............." and on page 9 " Adler regards both types....." hmmmm.. Alder Adler addling?
Page 13... Sometimes, like Napoleon, he succeeds in
making himself the lender of bodies of men..."
hmm...lender of bodies??
page 22 sums up the world as is
great book
 

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Contents

THE IMPULSE TO POWER
1
LEADERS AND FOLLOWERS
7
THE FORMS OF POWER
23
PRIESTLY POWER
35
KINGLY POWER
55
NAKED POWER
63
REVOLUTIONARY POWER
82
ECONOMIC POWER
95
THE BIOLOGY OF ORGANISATIONS
127
POWERS AND FORMS OF GOVERNMENTS
145
ORGANISATIONS AND THE INDIVIDUAL
165
COMPETITION
174
POWER AND MORAL CODES
186
POWER PHILOSOPHIES
207
THE ETHICS OF POWER
215
THE TAMING OF POWER
224

POWER OVER OPINION
109
CREEDS AS SOURCES OF POWER
117

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Bertrand Arthur William Russell (1872-1970) was a British philosopher, logician, essayist and social critic. He was best known for his work in mathematical logic and analytic philosophy. Together with G.E. Moore, Russell is generally recognized as one of the main founders of modern analytic philosophy. Together with Kurt Gödel, he is regularly credited with being one of the most important logicians of the twentieth century. Over the course of a long career, Russell also made contributions to a broad range of subjects, including the history of ideas, ethics, political and educational theory, and religious studies. General readers have benefited from his many popular writings on a wide variety of topics. After a life marked by controversy--including dismissals from both Trinity College, Cambridge, and City College, New York--Russell was awarded the Order of Merit in 1949 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950. Noted also for his many spirited anti-nuclear protests and for his campaign against western involvement in the Vietnam War, Russell remained a prominent public figure until his death at the age of 97.

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