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Ideas A History of Thought and Invention, from Fire to Freud

ISBN-10: 0060935642
ISBN-13: 9780060935641
Edition: N/A
Authors: Peter Watson
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List price: $19.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 9/26/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 848
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.398
Language: English

Peter Watson's hugely ambitious and stimulating history of ideas from deep antiquity to the present day-from the invention of writing, mathematics, science, and philosophy to the rise of such concepts as the law, sacrifice, democracy, and the soul-offers an illuminated path to a greater understanding of our world and ourselves.

Peter Watson is an intellectual historian, journalist, and the author of thirteen books, including The German Genius, The Medici Conspiracy, and The Great Divide. He has written for The Sunday Times, The New York Times, the Observer, and the Spectator. He lives in London.

Introduction : the most important ideas in history - some candidates
Prologue : the discovery of time
Lucy to Gilgamesh : the evolution of imagination
Ideas before language
The emergence of language and the conquest of cold
The birth of the gods, the evolution of house and home
Cities of wisdom
Isaiah to Zhu Xi : the romance of the soul
Sacrifice, soul, saviour : 'the spiritual breakthrough'
The origins of science, philosophy and the humanities
The ideas of Israel, the idea of Jesus
Alexandria, occident and orient in the year 0
Law, Latin, literacy and the liberal arts
Pagans and Christians, Mediterranean and Germanic traditions
The near-death of the book, the birth of Christian art
Falsafah and al-Jabr in Baghdad and Toledo
Hindu numerals, Sanskrit, Vedanta
China's scholar-elite, Lixue and the culture of the brush
The great hinge of history : European acceleration
The idea of Europe
Aquinas to Jefferson : the attack on authority, the idea of the secular and the birth of modern individualism
'Half-way between God and Man' : the techniques of papal thought-control
The spread of learning and the rise of accuracy
The arrival of the secular : capitalism, humanism, individualism
The explosion of the imagination
The mental horizon of Christopher Columbus
The 'Indian' mind : ideas in the new world
History heads north : the intellectual impact of Protestantism
The genius of the experiment
Liberty, property and community : origins of conservatism and liberalism
The 'atheist scare' scare and the advent of doubt
From soul to mind : the search for the laws of human nature
The idea of the factory and its consequences
The invention of America
Vico to Freud : parallel truths : the modern incoherence
The oriental renaissance
The great reversal of values - romanticism
The rise of history, pre-history and deep time
New ideas about human order : the origins of social science and statistics
The uses and abuses of nationalism and imperialism
The American mind and the modern university
Enemies of the cross and the Qur'an - the end of the soul
Modernism and the discovery of the unconscious
Conclusion : the electron, the elements and the elusive self

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