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A list of links to online books and articles written by Bertrand Russell

[There is also a list of links to online works about Russell here.]


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. (pdf here)

Preface, Principia Mathematica, 1st ed. (pdf here)

The Problems of Philosophy (1912). (pdf 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.


A Free Man’s WorshipThe Independent Review (1903) Outcome of Russell’s 1901 mystical experience.

On DenotingMind 14 (Oct 1905). Russell’s most important philosophical essay.

To the Electors of the Wimbledon Division of Surrey” (May 3 1907) Election Leaflet. (pdf here)

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 WarInternational Journal of Ethics (1915) Russell on just war theory and an early expression of his moral subjectivism.

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

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

War and Non-ResistanceAtlantic Monthly (Aug 1915)

The War and Non-Resistance Rejoinder to Prof. 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

The Broad article referred to can be downloaded as pdf here or displayed as pdf here
On PropositionsProceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supplementary Volumes, vol. 2. (1919)

Dreams and FactsThe Athenaeum, nos. 4,642-3 (Apr 18, 25 1919). Repr. Sceptical Essays

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

VaguenessAustralasian Journal of Psychology and Philosophy 1 (Jun 1923): 84-92.

Theory of KnowledgeEncyclopaedia Britannica, 13th ed. (1926)

Philosophical Consequences of RelativityEncyclopaedia 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 CreedThe Realist (Sep 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 IdlenessHarper’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 (Mar 1936), 541-3.

Review of A.J. Ayer, Language, Truth and Logic, 2nd ed. Horizon 15 (Jan 1947): 71-2.

The Last Survivor of a Dead EpochThe Listener (1936). An “auto-obituary” written by Russell in 1936.

The Bomb and CivilizationForward 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 LaymenUniversities 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 (Jul 1949)

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

How I WriteThe Writer, Sep 1954

The Russell-Einstein Manifesto” (Jul 9 1955)

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

Last Essay: “1967


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