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A list of electronic texts of Russell's books and essays.

BOOKS

German Social Democracy (1896)

An Essay on the Foundations of Geometry (1897)

The Principles of Mathematics (1903)

Principia Mathematica, 1st ed., vol. 1, vol. 2, vol. 3 (1910-13)

Combined tables of contents of vols. 1, 2, and 3 of PM, 1st ed. Download pdf here

Preface, Principia Mathematica, 1st ed. Download pdf here

The Problems of Philosophy (1912). It can be downloaded here

Review of The Problems of Philosophy, by Bernard Bosanquet. Mind (Oct 1912)
Our Knowledge of the External World (1914)

Justice in War-Time (1916)

Why Men Fight (1917)

Political Ideals (1917)

Proposed Roads to Freedom: Socialism, Anarchism and Syndicalism (1917)

Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy (1919)

Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays (1919)

The Problem of China (1920)

The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism (1921)

The Analysis of Mind (1921)

Free Thought and Official Propaganda (1922)

Icarus, or The Future of Science (1924)

The Conquest of Happiness (1930)

Prevent the Crime of Silence (1971) Reports from the International War Crimes Tribunal.


ARTICLES

"A Free Man's Worship" The Independent Review (1903) Outcome of Russell's 1901 mystical experience.

"On Denoting" Mind 14 (Oct 1905). Russell's most important philosophical essay.

"To the Electors of the Wimbledon Division of Surrey" (May 3, 1907) Election Leaflet. Download pdf

Anti-Suffragist Anxieties (1910) Political pamphlet in which Russell demolishes every possible argument against giving women the vote.

"The Elements of Ethics" (1910) Russell's early moral objectivism and good summary of Moore's Ethica Principia.

"The Ethics of War" International Journal of Ethics (1915) Russell on just war theory and an early expression of his moral subjectivism.

"Non-Resistance and the Present War: A Reply to Mr. Russell" by Ralph Barton Perry. International Journal of Ethics (April 1915)

"Letter From Russell" Journal of Philosophy (Jul 8, 1915). Russell asserts that for him sense-data are physical objects.

"War and Non-Resistance" Atlantic Monthly (August 1915)

"The War and Non-Resistance A Rejoinder to Professor Perry" International Journal of Ethics (Oct 1915)

"Adsum qui Feci" (trans.: "Here I am; I did it.") The Times, May 17 1916, p.9

"The Philosophy of Logical Atomism". The Monist (Oct 1918, Jan, April, July 1919)

Lectures 1 & 2. "Facts and Propositions" and "Particulars, Predicates and Relations"

Lectures 3 & 4. "Atomic and Molecular Propositions" and "Propositions and Facts with More Than One Verb: Beliefs, etc."

Lectures 5 & 6. "General Propositions and Existence" and "Descriptions and Incomplete Symbols"

Lectures 7 & 8. "The Theory of Types and Symbolism: Classes" and "Excursus in Metaphysics: What There Is"

"Note on C.D. Broad’s Article in the July Mind " Mind, n.s., vol. 28, no. 119 (Jan 1919), 124

Russell's note refers to Broad article that can be downloaded as a pdf here or displayed as pdf here
"On Propositions" Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supplementary Volumes, vol. 2. (1919)

"Dreams and Facts" The Athenaeum, nos. 4,642-3 (April 18 and 25, 1919). Repr. Sceptical Essays

Introduction to Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1922)

"Vagueness" Australasian Journal of Psychology and Philosophy 1 (June 1923): 84-92.

"Theory of Knowledge" Encyclopaedia Britannica, 13th ed. (1926)

"Philosophical Consequences of Relativity" Encyclopaedia Britannica, 13th ed. (1926)

"Why I Am Not A Christian" (London: Watts & Co, 1927) Famous essay, first published as a pamphlet.

"On the Value of Scepticism" (1928) Introduction to Sceptical Essays.

"How I Came by My Creed" The Realist (Sept 1929) An important auto-biographical essay by Russell.

"Has Religion Made Useful Contributions to Civilization?" A Little Blue Book (Girard, KS: Haldeman-Julius, 1929) A pamphlet.

"In Praise of Idleness" Harper's Magazine 165 (Oct 1932): 552-9.

"Education and Discipline" from In Praise of Idleness (1935). An excellent summary of Russell's views on education.

Bertrand Russell reviews Alfred Jules Ayer:

"Philosophy and Grammar" Review of A.J. Ayer, Language, Truth and Logic. The London Mercury 33 (March 1936), 541-3.

Review of A.J. Ayer, Language, Truth and Logic, second edition. Horizon 15 (January 1947): 71-2.

"The Last Survivor of a Dead Epoch" The Listener (1936) An "auto-obituary" written by Russell in 1936.

"The Bomb and Civilization" Forward 39, no. 43 (Aug 1945) A hypertext of Russell's first anti-nuclear writing.

"The Philosophy of Logical Analysis" ch. 31, A History of Western Philosophy (1945)

"Philosophy for Laymen" Universities Quarterly 1 (Nov 1946) Russell's best statement of what philosophy should be.

"The Copleston / Russell Debate on the Existence of God" (1948) A transcript of the famous BBC radio broadcast.

"Am I an Atheist or an Agnostic?" The Literary Guide and Rationalist Review 64 (July 1949)

"What Desires Are Politically Important?" (1950) Russell's Nobel prize acceptance speech.

"How I Write" The Writer, September 1954

"The Russell-Einstein Manifesto" (9 July 1955)

"Prologue" ("What I Have Lived For") to The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell (1967)

Last Essay: "1967"


OTHER RUSSELL ESSAYS

"The Congo":  excerpt from Freedom and Organization 1814–1914 (1934), Chapter XXXI, Imperialism

"The Divorce of Science and ‘Culture’" (1958; Kalinga Prize acceptance speech)

"The Doctrine of Extermination"

"Ideas that Have Harmed Mankind"

"Ideas that Have Helped Mankind"

"Knowledge and Wisdom"

"A Liberal Decalogue" (1951)

"The Metaphysician's Nightmare" (1954)

"On Youthful Cynicism" (1930)

"The Impulse to Power" Introduction to Power (1938)

"The Theologian's Nightmare" (1961)

"The Twilight of Science: Is the Universe Running Down" (1929)

"What Is an Agnostic?" (1953)

"What Is the Soul?" (1928)

"Why I Am A Rationalist"