|This two-week course will focus on the life and writings of British philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), winner of the 1950 Nobel Prize for Literature. From his groundbreaking work in analytic philosophy to his highly provocative social and political views, Russell's influence on 20th century thought can hardly be overstated. Born into one of the most prominent families of Victorian England (his grandfather, Lord John Russell, served as a Prime Minister during Queen Victoria's reign), Russell first studied mathematics and philosophy at Trinity College in Cambridge, and then taught there for a number of years. We will explore Russell's philosophy not only by reading some of his best known works, but also by immersing ourselves in the Cambridge and London culture from which he emerged (and to which he reacted).
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