The Analysis of Mind

  • by Bertrand Russell, Sofia Pisou
  • Narrated by Douglas James
  • 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Analysis of the Mind by Bertrand Russell is a collection of lectures the Nobel-awarded philosopher delivered in the 1920s. These 15 lectures have been hailed as milestones in modern psychology as they explore the relation between mind and matter under a completely new scope. Living in the turbulent years after World War I and having been deeply influenced by realists and behaviorists of the early 20th century, Russell attempts to reconcile the paradoxical materialistic view of contemporary psychologists on mind with the anti-materialistic tendency that physicists adopt over matter. In addition, he examines and clarifies all terms and concepts that have long been used by idealists and psychologists lightly and without explicit definition as those of consciousness, sensation, perception, memory, and belief.
As a mathematician, Russell employs the analytical method and tries to disprove scientifically the existence of consciousness, introspection, and everything that constitutes source of knowledge from "the inside" of human brain. He encourages the view that knowledge is largely the result of external observation, though things are not as simplistic as they appear.
Includes: a brief background of the author and the work; overview, synopsis, and analysis; historical context, criticisms, and social impact; chapter-by-chapter summary; the full narration of the text.
This summary includes a synopsis and analysis of every lecture along with comments and notes on the historical context. It is highly recommended to all who are interested in the field of psychology.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Logical, clear, coherent

narrator: multiple repetitions
overall the book is coherent and interesting. the summary should have been in the end not the beginning.
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- osama

Poor editing, reasonably good performance

If you could sum up The Analysis of Mind in three words, what would they be?

Classical Bertrand Russel


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Analysis of Mind?

Comparing the last two chapters.


Which scene did you most enjoy?

There are no scenes in this work. It is a series of lectures.


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Watch at your own peril.


Any additional comments?

The editing of this performance is horrible. Several sentences are said twice. The last chapter is posted twice in its entirety.

The narration is rather good, but it is difficult to imagine Bertrand Russel with this dialect and it is sometimes difficult to match the words spoken to the dialect.

Luckily, the subject matter helps bridgeing the gap.

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- Øyvind

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-10-2014
  • Publisher: AudioLearn