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Founded in 1974, the Bertrand Russell Society seeks to foster a better understanding of the life, work, and writings of Bertrand Russell and how his contributions relate to today's world. The motto, "The good life is inspired by love and guided by knowledge", comes from Russell's short book, What I Believe (1925), and is repeated in An Outline of Philosophy (1927). The Bertrand Russell Society maintains an active existence, conferring annually in the United States and sometimes at McMaster University in Canada, making annual awards for outstanding scholarship in Russell studies, and publishing its own periodical twice a year. Formerly it published The Bertrand Russell Society Quarterly and now The Bertrand Russell Society Bulletin, edited by Gregory Landini. The BRS Library was created by the late Tom Stanley. The large Stanley Audio-Visual Library is available to all.

The Bertrand Russell Society met virtually in 2020 and 2021. In 2019 in Amherst, Mass., on 20–22 June.

The Bertrand Russell Society met again at McMaster on 22–24 June 2018. This was the eighth time McMaster had hosted the BRS.

The 2010 meeting was held at McMaster, 21–23 May, in conjunction with the "PM@100" conference to mark the centenary of Principia Mathematica. The 2005 meeting was held at McMaster, 13–15 May, in conjunction with the "Russell vs. Meinong" conference to mark the centenary of "On Denoting".

On 25–27 May 2001, the Bertrand Russell Society held its 28th Annual Meeting, for the fifth time at McMaster University. This time the host was the Bertrand Russell Research Centre. Previous meetings at McMaster were held in 1978, 1981, 1983 and 1990 with the Bertrand Russell Archives as host.

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