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Grand theories and everyday beliefs : science, philosophy, and their histories

Author: Wallace I Matson
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This unconventional book by a distinguished historian of philosophy tells the story of how humans became rational beings.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Wallace I Matson
ISBN: 9780199812691 0199812691
OCLC Number: 794715654
Description: xiv, 223 p
Contents: Chapter 1. Introduction. ; PART ONE. BEFORE MILETUS ; Chapter 2. A Brief History of Coping. ; Chapter 3. Language ; Chapter 4. High and Low Beliefs ; Chapter 5. The 'Will to Believe' ; Chapter 6. Eden ; Chapter 7. Babylon ; PART TWO. MILETUS TO ALEXANDRIA ; Chapter 8. Miletus: the Invention of Science ; Chapter 9. Anaximander and Anaximenes ; Chapter 10. Science and Philosophy Come to Italy ; Chapter 11. Athens I. ; Chapter 12. Atomism ; Chapter 13. Athens II: Plato ; Chapter 14. Athens III: Aristotle ; Chapter 15. Alexandria ; Chapter 16. Beliefs About Believers ; PART THREE. THE LEGACY OF CHRISTIANITY ; Chapter 17. Jerusalem Collides with Athens ; Chapter 18. Cartesianism ; Chapter 19. Miletus Preserved I: Hobbes ; Chapter 20. Institutions ; Chapter 21. Miletus Preserved II: Spinoza ; Chapter 22. The Strange Case of David Hume ; Chapter 23. Ethics Without Edification. ; Chapter 24. L'Envoi ; Chapter 25. Conclusion?
Other Titles: Science, philosophy, and their histories
Responsibility: Wallace Matson.

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