Power: A New Social Analysis

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Routledge, Feb 24, 2004 - Philosophy - 288 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. Writting 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' to make sense of the traumatic events of the day and explain those that would follow.
The result was Power, a remarkable book that 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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Contents

PREFACE TO THE ROUTLEDGE CLASSICS EDITION INTRODUCTION
The Impulse to Power
Leaders and Followers
The Forms of Power
Priestly Power
Kingly Power
Naked Power
Revolutionary Power
The Biology of Organisations
Powers and Forms of Governments
Organisations and the Individual
Competition
Power and Moral Codes
Power Philosophies
The Ethics of Power
The Taming of Power

Economic Power
Power over Opinion
Creeds as Sources of Power

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Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) was born in England and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. His long career established him as one of the most influential philosophers, mathematicians, and social reformers of the twentieth century.

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