Marriage and Morals

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1970 - Family & Relationships - 316 pages
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Russell's approach to sex and love is based on the realities of need and desire, rather than on ancient tribal and religious taboos. Marriage and Morals is a clear, unbiased look at morality, a morality that is simply one aspect of Russell's lifelong opposition to restrictive dogma and an affirmation of his unshakeable faith in the adequacy of man and the power of human intellect.

"Sufficient dynamite to blast a carload of ordinary sex popularizers from the face of the earth . . . deals most competently and completely with practically every ramification of sex and sex life and occurs in modern sociology and psychology." —New York Post

"Fundamental and clear, unbiased and persuasive. Russell writes as a humanist, defending the happiness of man against many moral prejudices, advocates his changes lucidly and wittily." —Time

  

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Said Russell, "There is no country in the world ... where sexual ethics and sexual institutions have been determined by rational considerations." In this book he suggests that the system in vogue in ... Read full review

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Russell explains the main reasons of why the societies denigrate sex and gives some useful clues to educate children about sex and to prevent the making sex the fixed idea for them. We can say that ... Read full review

Contents

WHY A SEXUAL ETHIC IS NECESSARY
3
WHERE FATHERHOOD IS UNKNOWN
14
THE DOMINION OF THE FATHER
25
PHALLIC WORSHIP ASCETICISM AND SIN
33
CHRISTIAN ETHICS
44
ROMANTIC LOVE
63
THE LIBERATION OF WOMEN
78
THE TABOO ON SEX KNOWLEDGE
93
TRIAL MARRIAGE
156
THE FAMILY AT THE PRESENT DAY
168
THE FAMILY IN INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOLOGY
189
THE FAMILY AND THE STATE
204
DIVORCE
221
POPULATION
240
EUGENICS
254
SEX AND INDIVIDUAL WELLBEING
273

THE PLACE OF LOVE IN HUMAN LIFE
119
MARRIAGE
120
PROSTITUTION
145
THE PLACE OF SEX AMONG HUMAN VALUES
286
CONCLUSION
303
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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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