Ideas (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - History - 848 pages
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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.

  

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

User Review  - Honeybadger - Goodreads

A great work, looking at the way ideas have evolved over time. It starts to flag at the end when it entirely blames religion for attacking and repressing the evolution of ideas for centuries. I'm not ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Mohamed Abd El-Khalek - Goodreads

Very very interesting Read full review

Contents

The Discovery of Time
12
Ideas Before Language
21
The Emergence of Language and the Conquest of Cold
39
The Birth of the Gods the Evolution of House and Home
53
Cities of Wisdom
73
the Spiritual Breakthrough
99
The Origins of Science Philosophy and the Humanities
123
The Ideas of Israel the Idea of Jesus
149
Ideas in the New World
441
the Intellectual Impact of Protestantism
458
The Genius of the Experiment
474
Origins of Conservatism and Liberalism
496
The Atheist Scare and the Advent of Doubt
512
the Search for the Laws of Human Nature
527
The Idea of the Factory and Its Consequences
550
The Invention of America
572

Alexandria Occident and Orient in the Year 0
171
Law Latin Literacy and the Liberal Arts
199
Pagans and Christians Mediterranean and Germanic Traditions
217
The NearDeath of the Book the Birth of Christian Art
242
Falsafah and alJabr in Baghdad and Toledo
258
Hindu Numerals Sanskrit Vedanta
282
Chinas ScholarElite Lixue and the Culture of the Brush
297
The Idea of Europe
319
AQUINAS TO JEFFERSON
337
The Spread of Learning and the Rise of Accuracy
363
Capitalism Humanism Individualism
388
The Explosion of Imagination
406
The Mental Horizon of Christopher Columbus
424
The Oriental Renaissance
589
The Great Reversal of Values Romanticism
606
The Rise of History Prehistory and Deep Time
624
the Origins of Social Science and Statistics
646
The Uses and Abuses of Nationalism and Imperialism
660
The American Mind and the Modern University
687
Enemies of the Cross and the Quran the End of the Soul
703
Modernism and the Discovery of the Unconscious
718
Mesmer Charcot and Urphänomene Schopenhauer von Hartmann
735
Notes and References
747
Index of Names and Places
805
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About the author (2009)

Peter Watson has been a senioreditor at the London Sunday Times, a New York correspondentof the London Times, a columnist for theLondon Observer, and a contributor to the New YorkTimes. He has published three exposés on the world ofart and antiquities, and is the author of several booksof cultural and intellectual history. From 1997 to 2007he was a research associate at the McDonald Institutefor Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge.He lives in London.

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