Authority and the Individual — The Reith Lectures for 1948-9 - Bertrand RussellGeorge Allen & Unwin, 1949, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with light soiling to both the panels. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Leans. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.
From the cover: “Seldom has a series of broadcast talks aroused so much interest and comment as did the first Reith Lectures. In choosing Bertrand Russell the B.B.C. gave millions of listeners an unrivalled opportunity of hearing one of the greatest living philosophers, who, with wit and lucidity, examined to-day’s most vital problem — the continual fight between Authority and the Individual. The lectures are concerned with the problem of reconciling public order and private initiative. After a psychological discussion of the sources of social and anti-social action, the author sketches briefly the history of the extent and intensity of governmental control, and then examines the role of individuals in the history of art, science, religion, and morals. He seeks political principles capable of determining what functions should belong to governments, and what to private individuals or voluntary organizations, as well as how to leave as much scope as possible for personal initiative within governmental bodies. He advocates devolution and decentralization to the greatest extent compatible with order and security. He sees danger in the concentration of power in central authorities controlling vast organizations, and in the delegation of executive decision to officials responsible only to such remote centres. He believes it both possible and important to preserve private initiative in spite of central control where control is necessary, and suggests principles and methods by means of which this can be achieved.”
Size: 7½" x 5"
Number of Pages: 125
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