Sample Texts from The Collected Papers of Bertrand Russell



This page contains links to a selection of Russell texts from various volumes of the Collected Papers (10, 11, 15, 21, 28 and 29). The editorial apparatus—headnote, annotation, textual notes and bibliographical index entries—has also been uploaded for each of the chosen papers.

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The selected material includes some comparatively obscure texts as well as more familiar works—chosen because of the particular editorial challenges they posed.

From CPBR 10: A Fresh Look at Empiricism, 1927–42
3 My Religious Reminiscences [1938]
17 Probability and Fact [1930]
58 Freedom and Government [1940]

From CPBR 11: Last Philosophical Testament, 1943–68
15 The Nature and Origin of Scientific Method [1948]
59 The Duty of a Philosopher in This Age [1964]
69 Is There a God? [1952]

From CPBR 15: Uncertain Paths to Freedom: Russia and China, 1919–22
6 Democracy and Direct Action [1919]
41 The Prospects of Bolshevik Russia [1921]
50 China’s Road to Freedom [1921]

From CPBR 21: How to Keep the Peace: The Pacifist Dilemma, 1935–38
1 On Isolationism [1935]
48 Auto-Obituary [1936]
99 The Crisis in Foreign Policy [1938]

From CPBR 28, Man’s Peril, 1954–55
16 Man’s Peril [1954]
19 Trotsky in the Ascendant [1954]

From CPBR 29: Détente or Destruction, 1955–57
7 Prospects of Disarmament [1956]
34 Foreword to Freedom Is as Freedom Does [1956]
63 Britain and the H-bomb [1957]


* Bertrand Russell Research Centre * Faculty of Humanities * Bertrand Russell Archives * McMaster University



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