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1001: Ideas That Changed the Way We Think

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The book covers the range of human thought and endeavour from the early Greek philosophers through to the latest theories being developed today. It looks at individuals, cultural movements, speculation, theory and political ideology. Everything in fact from the perennial Why are we here to the current thinking on travelling the universe.

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1001: Ideas That Changed the Way We Think by

Drawing on a wide spectrum of topics-including politics, cosmology, the arts, philosophy and religious beliefs, 1001 Ideas That Changed the Way We Think traces the exponential growth of human knowledge across the centuries. Ranging from the ancient wisdom of Confucius and Plato to the cutting-edge theories taking shape in the twenty-first century, this book offers a wealth of stimulation and amusement for any reader with a lively and curious mind. This richly informative and entertaining book provides a wide variety of answers to those eternal questions: How was the universe created and what is the place of humans within it? How should a person live? And how can we build a just society? But 1001 Ideas That Changed the Way We Think also includes a host of speculations that are remarkable for their sheer weirdness-from the concept of the transmigration of souls to parallel universes and the paradoxes of time travel (what happens if you travel back in time and kill your own grandfather?). Readers will discover how the Greek philosopher Zeno 'proved' a flying arrow never moves and the mathematical proof of the existence of life in other galaxies. The inspiring ideas explored range from Gandhi's theory of civil disobedience to Mary Wollstonecraft's groundbreaking advocacy of women's rights. A wide variety of cultural movements are also covered, including Neoclassicism, Surrealism and Postmodernism.

About the Author

Robert Arp is Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Maple Woods College and Johnson County Community College, both in the Kansas City area. Having attained a Ph.D in Philosophy from Saint Louis University, he has specialized in the philosophy of biology, the philosophy of mind, and modern philosophy. A member of the American Philosophical Association and The Philosophy of Science Association, Robert Arp has written numerous articles, and is the editor of South Park and Philosophy (Blackwell Publishing, 2006), the co-editor of Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Biology (Blackwell Publishing, 2009), and the author of Scenario Visualization: An Evolutionary Account of Creative Problem Solving (MIT Press, 2008) and An Integrated Approach to the Philosophy of Mind (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

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Publication date

7th October 2013

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Publisher

Cassell Illustrated an imprint of Octopus Publishing Group

Format

Paperback
960 pages

Categories

Popular philosophy
History of ideas

ISBN

9781844037506

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