Bertrand Russell BBC Face to Face Interview (1959)

Bertrand Russell the renown mathematician, philosopher, historian, and logician appears in this Face to Face BBC program in 1959. This interview reveals his political and ideological convictions, while simultaneously discussing his background.  Born into a life of privilege and politics of 19th century Britain , tragedy struck him at a young age. He lost both his parents as a boy and was raised by his grandparents. Part of the upper class aristocracy he would later become more anti-establishment. Bertrand Russell was an atheist, pacifist, and a staunch supporter of nuclear disarmament. Not only that he was an advocate for anti-imperialism . His accomplishments were copious over the years ranging from the development of analytic philosophy to the publication of Principia Mathematica. Bertrand Russell went to prison many times for his activism, even into old age. The argument he made during World War I was that the British Empire should remain neutral for the sake of peace. If it had not been for the outbreak of World War I, fascism would have never became prominent. This explains why Russell although a pacifist, supported World War II. Fascism’s desire for war and imperial expansion was too much of a threat to be ignored. Fanaticism in Russell’s view continues to be a threat to the world.

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