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Ideas: A History of Thought and Invention, from Fire to Freud

 
 
 
 
Ideas: A History of Thought and Invention, from Fire to Freud
Author: Peter Watson
ISBN 13: 9780060935641
ISBN 10: 60935642
Edition: 8/27/06
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: 2006-09-26
Format: Paperback
Pages: 848
List Price: $19.99
 
 

Following prefatory remarks about the nonlinear nature of intellectual history, Watson (archeology, U. of Cambridge) traces the origins of ideas, language, cities, religion, philosophy, science, law, nationalism, and individualism. Notably, his survey encompasses non-Western as well as Western cultures, and some "little" ideas rather than only revolutionary ones. He concludes with the emergence of modern values (some misguided) and ideas about human origins, education, and the unconscious mind. The volume includes substantial reference material. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR