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Monk, Ray

Overview
Works: 73 works in 303 publications in 14 languages and 8,130 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Exhibition catalogs 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: B1649.R94, 192
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Most widely held works by Ray Monk
Ludwig Wittgenstein : the duty of genius by Ray Monk ( Book )
83 editions published between 1990 and 2012 in 12 languages and held by 1,976 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ludwig Wittgenstein is perhaps the greatest philosopher of the twentieth century, and certainly one of the most original in the entire Western tradition. Given the inaccessibility of his work, it is remarkable that he has inspired poems, paintings, films, musical compositions, titles of books -- and even novels. In his splendid biography, Ray Monk has made this very compelling human being come alive in a way that perfectly explains the fascination he has evoked. Wittgenstein's life was one of great moral and spiritual depth. Although his work addresses problems of logic, language, mind, and knowledge, he often described it as having an ethical point, and once said that he "could not help seeing every problem from a religious point of view." In successfully bridging the gap assumed by many to exist between Wittgenstein's life and his work, Monk's biography helps to explain the interest in Wittgenstein's later philosophy on the part of Buddhist scholars
Robert Oppenheimer : a life inside the center by Ray Monk ( Book )
10 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 1,072 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Revered biographer Ray Monk solves the enigma of Robert Oppenheimer's life and personality and brilliantly illuminates his contribution to the revolution in twentieth-century physics. In Robert Oppenheimer, Ray Monk delves into the rich and complex intellectual life of America's most fascinating and elusive scientist, the father of the atomic bomb. As a young professor at Berkeley, the wealthy, cultured Oppenheimer finally came into his own as a physicist and also began a period of support for Communist activities. At the high point of his life, he was chosen to lead the Manhattan Project and develop the deadliest weapon on earth: the atomic bomb. Upon its creation, Oppenheimer feared he had brought mankind to the precipice of self-annihilation and refused to help create the far more powerful hydrogen bomb, bringing the wrath of McCarthyite suspicion upon him. In the course of famously dramatic public hearings, he was stripped of his security clearance. Drawing on original research and interviews, Monk traces the wide range of influences on Oppenheimer's development--his Jewishness, his social isolation at Harvard, his love of Sanskrit, his radical politics. This definitive portrait finally solves the enigma of the extraordinary, charming, tortured man whose beautiful mind fundamentally reshaped the world."--
Bertrand Russell : the ghost of madness, 1921-1970 by Ray Monk ( Book )
11 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 861 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In the second half of his life, Bertrand Russell transformed himself from a major philosopher, whose work was intelligible to a small elite, into a political activist and popular writer, known to millions throughout the world. Yet his life is the tragic story of a man who believed in a modern, rational approach to life and who, though his ideas guided popular opinion throughout the twentieth century, lost everything. Russell's views on marriage, religion, education, and politics attracted legions of devoted followers and, at the same time, provoked harsh attacks from every direction. On the one hand, he was stripped of his post at New York's City College because he was thought to be a bad influence on his students, and on the other, he was awarded the Order of Merit, the Nobel Prize in literature, and a lifetime Fellowship of Trinity College, Cambridge. He lived to be ninety-seven, and as he became older he became increasingly controversial. Monk quotes Russell's telegrams to Kennedy and Khrushchev during the Cuban missile crisis, an influence that Russell and his followers believed tipped the balance toward peace. Russell devoted his last years to a campaign organized by his secretary to lend support to Che Guevara's call for a globally coordinated revolutionary struggle against "U.S. imperialism." Until now, this last campaign has been misunderstood as a -- perhaps misguided, but nevertheless innocent -- plea for world peace. Monk reveals it was no such thing. Drawing on thousands of documents collected at the Russell archives in Canada, Monk steers through the turbulence of Russell's public activities, scrutinizing his sometimes paradoxical and often outrageous pronouncements. Monk's focus, however, is on the tragedy of Russell's personal life, and in revealing this inner drama Monk has relied heavily on the cooperation of Russell's surviving relatives and access to previously unexamined legal and private correspondence. A central player in Russell's life was his first son, John. Russell applied the methods of the new science of child psychology in his parenting, believing that a new generation of children could be reared to be "independent, fearless, and free." But instead of being a model of this new generation, John became anxious, withdrawn, and eventually schizophrenic. Nor was John's daughter Lucy (who was Russell's favorite grandchild) to be a model of the new generation gradually she grew so emotionally disturbed that, at the age of twenty-six, she took her own life
Bertrand Russell : the spirit of solitude, 1872-1921 by Ray Monk ( Book )
11 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 750 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Interest in philosophy was only one aspect of his prodigious appetite for ideas. His anti-war pamphlets and protests got him expelled from the university and imprisoned - not for the last time. Russell's personal life was marked by the same promiscuous drive as his public one. The author of Marriage and Morals - a book that received special citation in the award of Russell's 1950 Nobel Prize for Literature - boldly applied his free-thinking principles in his own most
Bertrand Russell by Ray Monk ( Book )
3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Elgar studies by Elgar Society ( Book )
5 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The great philosophers ( Book )
9 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
How to read Wittgenstein by Ray Monk ( Book )
15 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and Italian and held by 361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Approaching the writing of major intellectuals, artists, and philosophers need no longer be daunting. How to Read is a new sort of introduction - a personal master class in reading - that brings you face to face with the work of some of the most influential and challenging writers in history. In lucid, accessible language, these books explain essential topics such as Wittgenstein's determination to insist on the integrity and the autonomy of nonscientific forms of understanding. Intent upon letting the reader experience the pleasure and intellectual stimulation in reading these classic authors, the How to Read series provides a context and an explanation that will facilitate and enrich your understanding of texts vital to the canon
Edward Elgar : music and literature ( Book )
4 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bertrand Russell : the spirit of solitude by Ray Monk ( Book )
22 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Om den engelske filosof Bertrand Russells (1892-1970) liv fra barndommen til 1921 - med hovedvægten lagt på den nære sammenhæng mellem hans liv og tænkning
Bertrand Russell and the origins of analytical philosophy ( Book )
13 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bertrand Russell, 1921-70 : the ghost of madness by Ray Monk ( Book )
8 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Making full use of the thousands of documents collected at the Russell Archives in Canada, Ray Monk steers a coherent line through the turbulence of Russell's public activities and subjects them to rigorous scrutiny and criticism. His focus, however, is on the tragedy of Russell's personal life, and here he has been helped by the co-operation of Russell's surviving relatives and by having access to hitherto unused legal and private correspondence. The story that emerges from these sources is a heartbreaking one that has at its centre Russell's relationship with his first son, John, arguably the most important relationship of his life. Russell thought that, by applying the methods of modern psychology, a generation of children could be produced that was 'independent, fearless and free'. John was to have been the model example. Instead, John became anxious, withdrawn and, eventually, schizophrenic, after which Russell refused to have anything to do with him and took over the upbringing of John's children, Anne, Sarah and Lucy. This proved to be disastrous and Lucy, Russell's favourite, became so emotionally disturbed that, at the age of twenty-six, she took her own life."--Jacket
Inside the centre : the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Ray Monk ( Book )
5 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Robert J. Oppenheimer is among the most contentious and important figures of the twentieth century. As head of the Los Alamos Laboratory, he oversaw the successful effort to beat the Nazis to develop the first atomic bomb - a breakthrough which was to have eternal ramifications for mankind, and made Oppenheimer the 'father of the Bomb'
Robert Oppenheimer [a life inside the center] by Ray Monk ( Recording )
2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Drawing on original research and interviews, Ray Monk traces the wide range of influences on Oppenheimer's development, his Jewishness, his social isolation at Harvard, his love of Sanskrit, and his radical politics. This definitive portrait finally solves the enigma of the extraordinary, charming, tortured man whose mind fundamentally reshaped the world
Biography of Oppenheimer by Ray Monk ( Book )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Russell : mathematics : dreams and nightmares by Ray Monk ( Book )
5 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and Spanish and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Rabindranath Tagore, a celebration of his life and work by Rabindranath Tagore Festival Committee ( Book )
1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Robert Oppenheimer a life inside the center by Ray Monk ( )
3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Revered biographer Ray Monk solves the enigma of Robert Oppenheimer's life and personality and brilliantly illuminates his contribution to the revolution in twentieth-century physics. In Robert Oppenheimer, Ray Monk delves into the rich and complex intellectual life of America's most fascinating and elusive scientist, the father of the atomic bomb. As a young professor at Berkeley, the wealthy, cultured Oppenheimer finally came into his own as a physicist and also began a period of support for Communist activities. At the high point of his life, he was chosen to lead the Manhattan Project and develop the deadliest weapon on earth: the atomic bomb. Upon its creation, Oppenheimer feared he had brought mankind to the precipice of self-annihilation and refused to help create the far more powerful hydrogen bomb, bringing the wrath of McCarthyite suspicion upon him. In the course of famously dramatic public hearings, he was stripped of his security clearance. Drawing on original research and interviews, Monk traces the wide range of influences on Oppenheimer's development--his Jewishness, his social isolation at Harvard, his love of Sanskrit, his radical politics. This definitive portrait finally solves the enigma of the extraordinary, charming, tortured man whose beautiful mind fundamentally reshaped the world"--
Ludwig Wittgenstein : el deber de un genio by Ray Monk ( Book )
12 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in Spanish and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ludwig Wittgenstein : il dovere del genio by Ray Monk ( Book )
7 editions published between 1991 and 2000 in Italian and English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Monk, Raymond
Monk, Raymond 1957-
Monku, Rei 1957-
מונק, ריי. מרקוזה־הס, עדי
モンク, レイ
Languages
English (163)
German (13)
Spanish (13)
Italian (7)
French (6)
Japanese (6)
Danish (4)
Swedish (4)
Dutch (4)
Turkish (3)
Chinese (2)
Portuguese (2)
Greek, Modern (2)
Czech (2)
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