Bertrand Russell’s Daughter, Katharine

513b8B+WXSLThere is a fascinating read over at Katharine Tait: how daughter of history’s famous atheist thinker turned Christian. From the article:

. . Adidas Zx 700 pas cher homme . It was at this time that she came into possession of a copy of her father’s book The Conquest of Happiness, which promised to conquer the existential ennui and bring about true happiness to the reader’s life. Nike Air Max 2016 Dames Blauw She devoured it, eager to see if her father had discovered the answer they both had been looking for; but drew up short when she discovered that it was more of the same: her father’s “conquest of happiness” was to throw off the shackles of Protestant Religion and pursue Libertarian desire. air max 90 pas cher Her father had been raised by a very religious mother in a puritanical tradition which saw the world as a place to be shunned. One separated oneself wholly from life and waited for death in order to receive the rewards which waited on the other side. With this as his introduction and foundation to religion, Russell’s entire life and philosophy seemed to be based around breaking free of these bonds, and Katharine notes that he never really explored more comprehensive models or arguments for Christian beliefs when arguing against them. He seemed only to argue against the Christianity of his youth. adidas superstar 2 donna . . new balance 577 damskie .

While I was reading this article I couldn’t help but see similarities in Russell’s life to that of his “Libertarian” forerunner, Jean-Jacques Rousseau. The following is from a piece by Terrell Clemmons for Salvo:

Born in Switzerland in 1712, Rousseau lost his mother at birth and was abandoned by his father at age ten. At age fifteen, he left Geneva and wandered through Italy and France for more than a decade. Like any bohemian, he pondered philosophy as he roamed. nike tn requin pas cher

  • A thoroughgoing non-conformist, Rousseau rejected his Calvinist upbringing, with its ideas about sin and divine revelation, and adopted instead a Universalist approach to religion and a humanist view of innate human goodness. New Balance Hombre Kobe 11 Scarpe Elite But even a beatnik bohemian runs up against the exigencies of life.

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  • Rousseau’s most influential work, The Social Contract, opens with the now famous line, “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.” Describing himself as subjugué, meaning “dominated” or “under the yoke,” the restless philosopher wanted to be free to create his own identity and to follow his own road, but he was hindered at every turn by social ties, by the expectations and conventions of society. Canotte Sacramento Kings To achieve his highest potential, Rousseau concluded, man must throw off all of these “chains.”

    If you read both of these articles you get the impression that these men simply wanted the sex life they desired without any of the realities or responsibilities that go along with such a way of life, all the while blaming Christianity’s morals as the only obstacle to realizing their goals. nike air max 1 ultra moire camo The trouble with this thinking is that even if you free yourself from Christian restraints, your actions will still have the consequences they will naturally have. asics buty kup There is a price for everything. Under Armour Curry 3.0 Rousseau actually saw what this absolute freedom would mean:

    . . . store locator for new balance shoes Ernie Banks Jersey to Rousseau, “freedom meant liberation from the forms and institutions of society—family, church, class, and local community.” And the state would and should be the liberator. “Each citizen would then be completely independent of all his fellow men,” she quotes Rousseau, “and absolutely dependent on the state.”

    That’s a steep price, and doesn’t sound much like freedom to me either.

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