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

Author: Wallace Matson
Publisher: Oxford, N.Y. : Oxford University Press, 2011
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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After a Darwinian-type account of what beliefs are and how they arose in animals acting to cope with their environments--"low beliefs, " virtually all of which are true--Wallace Matson here shows how the invention of language led to imagination and thence to beliefs formed in other ways ("high beliefs"), not true though thought to be, which could be consolidated into mythologies, the first Grand Unified Theories of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Wallace Matson
ISBN: 9780199812691 0199812691
OCLC Number: 768103467
Description: xiv, 223 s
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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