A History : the Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation, From Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson

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In the tradition of grand sweeping histories such as From Dawn To Decadence, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, and A History of God, Hecht champions doubt and questioning as one of the great and noble, if unheralded, intellectual traditions that distinguish the Western mind especially-from Socrates to Galileo and Darwin to Wittgenstein and Hawking. This is an account of the world's greatest 'intellectual virtuosos, ' who are also humanity's greatest doubters and disbelievers, from the ancient Greek philosophers, Jesus, and the Eastern religions, to modern secular equivalents Marx, Freud and Darwin--and their attempts to reconcile the seeming meaninglessness of the universe with the human need for meaning,

This remarkable book ranges from the early Greeks, Hebrew figures such as Job and Ecclesiastes, Eastern critical wisdom, Roman stoicism, Jesus as a man of doubt, Gnosticism and Christian mystics, medieval Islamic, Jewish and Christian skeptics, secularism, the rise of science, modern and contemporary critical thinkers such as Schopenhauer, Darwin, Marx, Freud, Nietzsche, the existentialists.

Publisher: New York : HarperSanFrancisco, c2003, [date of publication not identified]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780060097721
Branch Call Number: 121.6 HEC
Characteristics: xxi, 551 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm


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Nov 18, 2014

History and philosophy in a relevant manner,

Feb 21, 2011

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Dec 11, 2010

A great book that goes into massive amounts of detail on the history of doubt by comparing all the various viewpoints held throughout history.

This would make a fantastic text book for a history of religion, critical thinking, or even a basic history of human culture class.

The only drawback is that there is so much material, that getting through it in a single loan period will be difficult.

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