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Ideas : a history from fire to Freud

Author: Peter Watson
Publisher: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2006.
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: 9780297607267 029760726X
OCLC Number: 1091863930
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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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 areas are tackled - the Ancient Greeks, Christian theology, the ideas of Jesus, astrological thought, the soul, the self, beliefs about the heavens, the ideas of Islam, the Crusades, humanism, the Renaissance, Gutenberg and the book, the scientific revolution, the age of discovery, Shakespeare, the idea of Revolution, the Romantic imagination, Darwin, imperialism, modernism, Freud right up to the present day and the internet.

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