50 Big Ideas You Really Need to Know is a concise, accessible and
popular guide to the central tenets of Western thought. Every important
principle of philosophy, religion, politics, economics, the arts and
the sciences is profiled in a series of short illustrated essays,
complemented by an informative array of timelines and box features.
Platonism, The Soul, Communism, Aristotelianism, Faith, Fascism, The
Golden rule, Atheism, Racism, Altruism, Secularism, Feminism,
Pluralism, Fundamentalism, Islamism, Liberty, Creationism, Capitalism,
Toleration, War, Globalization, Scepticism, Duty, Classicism, Reason,
Utopia, Romanticism, Punishment, Liberalism, Modernism, Materialism,
Democracy, Surrealism, Relativism, Conservatism, Censorship,
Utilitarianism, Imperialism, Big Bang, Existentialism, Nationalism,
Chaos, Evil, Social contract, Evolution, Fate, Republicanism,
Relativity, Quantum mechanics, Gaia.
About The Author
Ben Dupre read Classics at Exeter College, Oxford before pursuing a
career in reference publishing. He was Children's Reference Publisher
at Oxford University Press from 1992 until 2004 and, all told, has more
than 20 years' experience of bringing complex and challenging concepts
to the widest possible audience in an accessible but authoritative
manner. A gifted performer on both harpsichord and viola da gamba, Ben
lives in North Oxford with his family.
Introduction. Philosophy: Platonism; Aristotelianism; The golden rule; Altruism; Liberty; Tolerance; Scepticism; Reason; Punishment; Materialism; Relativism; Utilitarianism; Existentialism. Religion: Evil; Fate; Soul; Faith; Fundamentalism; Atheism; Secularism; Creationism. Politics: War; Duty, Utopia; Liberalism; Democracy; Conservatism; Imperialism; Nationalism; Multiculturalism; The social contract; Republicanism; Communism; Fascism; Racism; Feminism; Islamism. Economics: Capitalism; Globalization. Arts: Classicism; Romanticism; Modernism; Surrealism; Censorship. Science: Evolution; Gaia; Chaos; Relativity; Quantum mechanics; The Big Bang. Glossary. Index.