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Gilbert Murray ReassessedHellenism, Theatre, and International Politics$
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Christopher Stray

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199208791

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208791.001.0001

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Gilbert Murray, Bertrand Russell, and the Theory and Practice of Politics

Gilbert Murray, Bertrand Russell, and the Theory and Practice of Politics

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(p.201) 10 Gilbert Murray, Bertrand Russell, and the Theory and Practice of Politics
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Gilbert Murray Reassessed
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William Bruneau

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208791.003.0012

This chapter presents an introduction to Murray's involvement in politics, and focuses particularly on his friendship with Bertrand Russell. Gilbert Murray and Bertrand Russell met in February 1901 at Newnham College, Cambridge, where Murray was giving a reading of part of his translation of the Hippolytus of Euripides. Russell was cousin to Murray's wife, Lady Mary Howard, and had known of Murray's classical studies and research on that account. At this point they began an epistolary friendship that lasted until Murray's death in 1957. There are two ways of seeing how the Murray-Russell friendship continued and flourished despite occasional political differences. There is, first, the matter of their ‘fundamental’ liberalism. Second, the correspondence between the two, along with their published output, suggests they agreed fundamentally about ‘philosophy’, and understood each other broadly.

Keywords:   Murray, Bertrand Russell, politics, fundamental liberalism, philosophy, herd mentality, democracy, utility

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