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Russell’s Moral Philosophy

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[Revised entry by Charles Pigden on May 4, 2021. Changes to: Bibliography] Russell remains famous as a logician, a metaphysician, and as a philosopher of mathematics, but in his own day he was also notorious for his social and political opinions. He wrote an immense amount about practical ethics - women's rights, marriage and morals, war and peace, and the vexed question of whether socialists should smoke good cigars. (They should.) And unlike present-day practical ethicists (with a few notable exceptions such as Peter Singer) he was widely read by the non-philosophical public. (See for instance Phillips 2013,...

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