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Along with the likes of Socrates and Plato, Bertrand Russell (1872–1970) is one of the select group of outstanding philosophers who have exerted a major influence on education at all levels. This entry first outlines Russell’s many and diverse contributions to education and then discusses issues arising from his technical philosophy.

Russell on Education

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Many of Russell’s nonphilosophical books, written for a wider audience, made a major contribution to public debate and progressive thinking. In widely read works such as Principles of Social Reconstruction (1916); On Education, Especially in Early Childhood (1926); Marriage and Morals (1929); and Education and the Social Order (1932), Russell propounded challenging but influential ideas and proposals on topics as diverse as the importance of sex education, the desirability of a worldwide ...

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