I founded a philosophy reading group for students at the University of Iowa, the Bertrand Russell Society – Iowa Chapter. We mainly organize lectures from visiting scholars and discuss Russell’s works together. Recent works we have read include:
- The Problems of Philosophy (1912) in Fall 2015
- “Why I am not a Christian” (1927) and Chapters IV-VIII of Proposed Roads to Freedom: Socialism, Anarchism, and Syndicalism (1919) in Spring 2016
- Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy (1919) in Summer-Fall 2016
- “The Philosophy of Logical Atomism” (1918-1919) and selections from A History of Western Philosophy in Spring 2017
- “On Denoting” (1905) and Marriage & Morals (1929) in Fall 2017
- Mysticism and Logic, & Other Essays (1917) in Spring 2018
- In Praise of Idleness, & Other Essays (1935) in Fall 2018
- The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism (1921) in Fall 2018 – Spring 2019
- The Problems of Philosophy (1912) in Spring 2019
Special thanks are due to the University of Iowa’s Department of Philosophy for sponsoring our meetings!
Bertrand Russell Society
Founded in 1974, the BRS has three aims (Bylaws, Article 2):
- to promote interest in the life and work of Bertrand Russell;
- to bring together persons interested in any aspect of the foregoing;
- to promote causes that Russell championed.
The BRS motto is: “The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.” This is a quote from Bertrand Russell’s 1925 “What I Believe” (p. 349 in The Basic Writings of Bertrand Russell, Routledge Classics, New York: 2009).