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By Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell continues to be one of many maximum philosophers and most intricate and debatable figures of the 20 th century. the following, during this frank, funny and decidedly fascinating autobiography, Russell bargains readers the tale of his existence – introducing the folk, occasions and impacts that formed the fellow he used to be to turn into. initially released in 3 volumes within the overdue Sixties, Autobiography by way of Bertrand Russell is a revealing recollection of a very impressive lifestyles written with the vibrant freshness and readability that has made Bertrand Russell’s writings so distinctively his personal.

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Musée Rodin, Paris. Saint John the Baptist, 1880. Bronze. Musée Rodin, Paris. 50 2/25/2011 2:05 PM Page 50 The same thing is true of Rodin’s armless statues: nothing essential is missing. Standing before them, one has the sense of a profound wholeness, a completeness that allows for no addition. The notion that they are somehow unfinished does not result from simple observation, but rather from tedious consideration, from the petty pedantry dictating that arms belong to a body, and thus that a body without arms can never be whole.

The woman’s head leans forward slightly. With an expression of tenderness, nobility, and patience, she looks down as if from the height of a silent night, down at the man whose face is buried in her breasts as if in myriad blossoms. He too kneels, but more deeply, deep in the stone. His hands lie behind him like worthless, empty things. The right hand is open, letting us look in. A mysterious greatness emanates from this group. As is so often the case with Rodin, one hardly dares ascribe meaning to it.

Qxp 2/25/2011 2:07 PM Page 53 In observing this work, one almost can sense that waves pass into the bodies from the various points of contact on the surface, showers of beauty, intuition, and power. It is this that accounts for how we feel we can see the ecstasy of this kiss in every part of these bodies; it is like a rising sun, casting its light everywhere. But there is another kiss that is even more wonderful – the kiss around which the piece called The Eternal Idol (pp. 70, 71) rises like walls around a garden.

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