By Bertrand Russell
From historic Greek philosophy to the French Revolution to the fashionable welfare country, in Authority and the Individual Bertrand Russell tackles the perennial questions on the stability among authority and human freedom. With attribute readability and deep figuring out, he explores the formation and goal of society, schooling, ethical evolution and social, low cost and highbrow growth. First of the famous BBC Reith lectures, this glorious assortment provides Russell at his highbrow best.
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Authority and the Individual (Routledge Classics) by Bertrand Russell