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Ideas : a history from fire to Freud

Author: Peter Watson
Publisher: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The book begins over a million years ago with a discussion of how the earliest ideas might have originated. Looking at animal behaviour that appears to require some thought - tool-making, territoriality, counting, language (or at least sounds), pairbonding - Peter Watson moves on to the apeman and the development of simple ideas such as cooking, the earliest language, the emergence of family life. All the obvious  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Watson
ISBN: 029760726X 9780297607267
OCLC Number: 57574315
Description: xix, 822 pages ; 26 cm
Contents: Table of contents includes: Lucy to Gilgamesh, the evolution of imagination --
Isiah to Zhu Xi, the romance of the soul --
The great hinge of history, European acceleration --
Quinas to Jefferson, the attack on authority, the idea of the secular and the birth of modern individualism --
Vico to Freud, parallel truths, the modern incoherence.
Responsibility: Peter Watson.

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A history of ideas from the very earliest times to the present day.  Read more...

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"The history of ideas deserves treatment on this scale." -- FELIPE FERNANDEZ ARMESTO EVENING STANDARD "It would be a dull reader that failed to be stimulated either by the questions it raises or by Read more...

 
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