A Beginner's Guide to Ideas

A Beginner's Guide to Ideas

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Contains 15 units on philosophy, ideology and theology. The book touches on topics such as: existentialism, psychology, politics and the existence of God. It draws on the ideas and writings of a range of thinkers, philosophers and theologians, including: Aquinas, Freud, Descartes, Locke and Hume.show more

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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 167.64 x 238.76 x 15.24mm | 430.91g
  • Lion Hudson Plc
  • Lion Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • b&w photographs
  • 0745921361
  • 9780745921365

Table of contents

Part 1 How and what can I know? - ways of knowing: knowledge and reason - Plato; theories of knowledge - Plato and Aristotle; knowledge and revelations - Augustine. Part 2 Who am I?: Aristotle and identity; Descartes and the mind/body division (dualism); brains and bodies - what price the soul in today's world? - Nagel. Part 3 Does God exist? - philosophy of religion: the existence of God - Anselm; natural and revealed religion - Aquinas/the five ways; the argument from religious experience. Part 4 Rationalism and empiricism - reasoning out who we are: Descartes; Locke and Berkeley; Hume. Part 5 Existentialism: Kierkegaard; Heidegger and the language of being; Sartre and the freedom of humankind. Part 6 Psychology - we are all in the mind: Feuerbach; Freud; Jung. Part 7 Politics - organizing how we live: Plato's republic; Machiavelli, Rousseau (Thomas Paine and Thomas More); Karl Marx. Part 8 Humanism - man is the measure of all things: Erasmus and the rise of humanism; beyond good and evil - Nietzsche, the death of God and the Christian response; shaping humanism in the modern world - John Stuart Mill and Bertrand Russell. Part 9 The person of Christ - why does he matter?: Jesus, the Son of God - (Christology through the ages); Jesus of Nazareth, his teaching on the kingdom of God; Jesus - revelation and response. Part 10 The Bible - ways of understanding: East and West - the struggle for understanding (Origen and Athanasius); Luther and the Reformation; liberal and conservative - interpreting the bible today. Part 11 Science and belief: creation and evolution - Darwin and controversy; the new physics and the meaning of modern science; miracles and faith in a modern scientific world (answer to Hume). Part 12 Relativism - anything goes?: Kant and the Enlightenment; James and the American pragmatists; cultural relativism and pluralism. Part 13 The paranormal - the boundaries of reality: Christianity and the paranormal; the devil and all his works; evil, suffering and religion. Part 14 Feminism - her story and the Motherhood of God: the maleness of reason - a feminist viewpoint; patriarchy, women and history; God as Mother. Part 15 New Age thinking - renaissance or delusion: shifting the paradigm - the advent of aquarius (modern movements); self or selfishness - personal energy and the New Age (the me-cult); tomorrow's world - how far have we got? (technology, morality, relief - how far has our knowledge really progressed?).show more

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