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Russell on technology and common sense


This article examines the distinction that Russell drew between his work as a philosopher and his work as a journalist. It explains why, when warning against the threat posed by a nuclear arms race, Russell thought it better to write as a journalist (speaking on behalf of common sense) rather than as a philosopher. It is argued that to put aside philosophy in favour of common sense is, in this instance, a mistake.


(2020). Russell on technology and common sense.

Acceptance Date Aug 31, 2020
Publication Date Oct 9, 2020
Journal Human affairs (Bratislava, Slovakia)
Print ISSN 1210-3055
Pages 518 -525
Keywords Bertrand Russell, technology, common sense, nuclear weapons, philosophy
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