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Doubt : a history : the great doubters and their legacy of innovation, from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson

Author: Jennifer Michael Hecht
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperSanFrancisco, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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In this sweeping history, Jennifer Michael Hecht celebrates doubt as an engine of creativity and as an alternative to the political and intellectual dangers of certainty -- Just as belief has its own history featuring people whose unique expressions of faith have forever changed the world, doubt has a vibrant story and tradition with its own saints martyrs, and sages.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer Michael Hecht
ISBN: 0060097957 9780060097950
OCLC Number: 56553740
Awards: Winner of Book of the Year (Top 10) 2004
Description: xxi, 551 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Doubt is no shadow: a quiz and a guide to the question --
Whatever happened to Zeus and Hera?, 600 BCE-1 CE: Greek doubt --
Smacking the temple, 600 BCE-1 CE: doubt and the ancient Jews --
What the Buddha saw, 600 BCE-1 CE: ancient doubt in Asia --
When in Rome in doubt, 50 BCE-1 CE: empire in reason --
Christian doubt, Zen, Elisha, and Hypatia, 1-800 CE: late-classical mix --
Medieval doubt loops-the-loop, 800-1400: Muslims to Jews to Christians --
Printing press and the Age of Martyrs, 1400-1600: Renaissance and inquisition --
Sunspots and White House doubters, 1600-1800: revolutions in the authority of reason --
Doubt's bid for a better work, 1800-1900: freethinking in the age of science and reform --
Principles of uncertainty, 1900-: the new cosmopolitan --
Joy of doubt: ethics, logic, mood.
Responsibility: Jennifer Michael Hecht.

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In this sweeping history, Jennifer Michael Hecht celebrates doubt as an engine of creativity and as an alternative to the political and intellectual dangers of certainty -- Just as belief has its own history featuring people whose unique expressions of faith have forever changed the world, doubt has a vibrant story and tradition with its own saints martyrs, and sages.

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