A World of Ideas

A Dictionary of Important Theories, Concepts, Beliefs, and Thinkers

Publisher: Ballantine Books
THE THINKERS, THE THOUGHTS, AND THE THEORIES YOU NEED TO KNOW TO UNDERSTAND THE WORLD WE LIVE IN.

With A World of Ideas, you can get to the bottom of the big bang theory; find out where Freud's ideas were coming from, and where Einstein's might take us; demystify surrealism and structuralism, communism and capitalism. Prepared with the assistance of an academic board of leading scholars, this invaluable reference includes

- Hundreds of entries, alphabetically arranged, with key words and concepts highlighted and cross-referenced--more than two thousand in all
- A special emphasis on multicultural influences and contemporary thought
- A comprehensive index giving easy access to all essential terms and names

A World of Ideas is an indispensable resource for the curious reader.

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It all began with dialectical materialism. I was aware of the term, had seen or
heard it used a hundred times. But one day, finding it mentioned in a magazine
article, I realized I had no idea exactly what it is and couldn't accurately
define it. The brief dictionary definition didn't help much, and it didn't...
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