Authority and the Individual

From Ancient Greek philosophy to the French Revolution to the modern welfare state, in Authority and the Individual Bertrand Russell tackles the perennial questions about the balance between authority and human freedom. With characteristic clarity and deep understanding, he explores the formation and purpose of society, education, moral evolution and social, economical and intellectual progress. First of the famous BBC Reith lectures, this wonderful collection delivers Russell at his intellectual best.

Russell, in his own words: "The fundamental problem I propose to consider in these lectures is this: how can we combine that degree of individual initiative which is necessary for progress with the degree of social cohesion that is necessary for survival?"

Lecture 1: Social Cohesion and Human Nature

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Social Cohesion and Human Nature (28:00): MP3

Lecture 2: Social Cohesion and Government

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Social Cohesion and Government (29:00): MP3

Lecture 3: The Role of Individuality

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The Role of Individuality (30:00): MP3

Lecture 4: The Conflict of Technique and Human Nature

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The Conflict of Technique and Human Nature (29:00): MP3

Lecture 5: Control and Initiative, Their Respective Spheres

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Control and Initiative, Their Respective Spheres (30:00): MP3

Lecture 6: Individual and Social Ethics

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Individual and Social Ethics (29:00): MP3










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