Ideas That Shaped Our World

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Ideas That Shaped Our World From revolution to realism, from democracy to dialectics, Ideas That Shaped Our World is an essential guide to all the key concepts of the last 250 years. In clear, simple language it makes even the most complex ideas - such as existentialism or the theory of relativity - immediately comprehensive.

Sections on art, science, philosophy, politics, and "human sciences" of psychology, anthropology, sociology, and economics provide a comprehensive ...

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Overview

Ideas That Shaped Our World From revolution to realism, from democracy to dialectics, Ideas That Shaped Our World is an essential guide to all the key concepts of the last 250 years. In clear, simple language it makes even the most complex ideas - such as existentialism or the theory of relativity - immediately comprehensive.

Sections on art, science, philosophy, politics, and "human sciences" of psychology, anthropology, sociology, and economics provide a comprehensive excavation of the modern mind, and cross-references between the sections establish vital connections. With beautiful illustrations, informative captions, and regular chronologies of key developments, it is both a quick-reference book and a thorough introduction to each subject.

The lives and thoughts of key figures - politicians, artists, philosophers, or scientists - are described as the book demonstrates how one groundbreaking figure influenced another. History and analysis combine to reveal the genesis of political concepts such as freedom and economic forces such as capitalism. Progress in science or philosophy and the transfer of theories and approaches between artistic movements are clearly explained.

Ideas That Shaped Our World show how we got where we are. It is a book for anyone who wants to understand the contemporary culture that will in turn shape the world that we pass on to future generations.

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A timeline of Western thought from 3300 BC (marking writing's development) to AD 1750 (the Enlightenment-era publication of Montesquieu's ) lays the foundation for a well-illustrated introduction to intellectual milestones of the last 250 years. One wonders if the covered subject areas are in priority order: politics, philosophy and spirituality, human sciences, the arts, and science. Oversize (9.25x11.75<">). Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781571450883
  • Publisher: Advanced Global Distribution
  • Publication date: 9/15/1997
  • Pages: 223
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 11.71 (h) x 0.91 (d)

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