In Praise of Idleness and Other Essays

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In Praise of Idleness and Other Essays
AuthorBertrand Russell
CountryUnited Kingdom
SubjectsSociology, philosophy, economics, politics, architecture
PublisherGeorge Allen & Unwin Ltd
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardcover and Paperback)

In Praise of Idleness and Other Essays is a 1935 collection of essays by the philosopher Bertrand Russell.


The collection includes essays on the subjects of sociology, philosophy and economics. In the eponymous essay, Russell argues that if labour was equitably shared out amongst everyone, resulting in shorter work days, unemployment would decrease and human happiness would increase due to the increase in leisure time, further resulting in increased involvement in the arts and sciences.[1]

Publication history[edit]

In Praise of Idleness and Other Essays was first published in the United Kingdom by George Allen & Unwin Ltd in 1935. In 2004, the book was published by Routledge, with a new introduction by the historian Anthony Gottlieb.[2]


  1. ^ Russell 2004, pp. iv–163.
  2. ^ Russell 2004, pp. iv–x.



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