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Love and the Absolute

Nicholas Griffin

in Russell’s Idealist Apprenticeship

Published in print January 1991 | ISBN: 9780198244530
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191680786 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198244530.003.0003
Love and the Absolute

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This chapter discusses Russell's love and affection for Alys, the youngest daughter of Robert Pearsall Smith and his wife, Hannah. Although Alys initially displayed a disdain for marriage, she eventually succumbed to his courtship on September 16, 1893. They eventually got married on May 31, 1894. This chapter also highlights a number of plans Russell's grandmother made to ensure that the couple would disdain having children; one technique was revealing a genetic trait of insanity in the Russell family.

Keywords: Russell; Robert Pearsall Smith; marriage; Alys; courtship; insanity

Chapter.  19160 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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