• Thursday with Bertrand Russell

    On the consolations of philosophy–an allusion to Boethius–here is Russell in 1951:

    Those who attempt to make a religion of humanism, which recognizes nothing greater than man, do not satisfy my emotions. And yet I am unable to believe that, in the world as known, there is anything I can value outside human beings, and, to a much lesser extent, animals. Not the starry heavens, but their effects on human percipients, have excellence; to admire the universe for its size is slavish and absurd; impersonal non-human truth appears to be a delusion. And so my intellect goes with the humanists, though my emotions violently rebel. In this respect, the ‘consolations of philosophy’ are not for me.

    Category: Bertrand Russell


    Article by: Larry Tanner