Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Reading the World: Ideas That Matter” as Want to Read:
Reading the World: Ideas That Matter
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Reading the World: Ideas That Matter

by
4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  47 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
From Lao Tsu, Aristotle, and Ibn Khaldun to Charles Darwin, Jomo Kenyatta, and Aung San Suu Kyi, Reading the World: Ideas That Matter is a collection of writing by some of the world's great thinkers. And because ideas have long been expressed visually as well as verbally, the collection also includes drawings, paintings, photographs, and other visual works. Organized aroun ...more
Paperback, 749 pages
Published November 2nd 2006 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published November 1st 2006)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 161)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Karen
Dec 13, 2011 Karen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: textbooks
I have taught over 30 readings in this book: some to first year students and some to writing tutors in training. This book covers a variety of topics from a good range of centuries and cultural perspectives. The selections also range from short, medium and long. It's a great compromise between the Great Books tradition and the multicultural perspective. Asian and Muslim texts are better represented than in competing anthologies.

Also, the writers are not placed in identity politics ghettos. For
...more
Jenny
Apr 03, 2008 Jenny added it
We have just adopted this textbook for our comp sequence beginning in fall 08. I'm really excited about teaching it, though it will be something of a challenge to get organized and prepped for it.
Phillip
Jul 28, 2011 Phillip rated it it was amazing
Dr. Austin's anthology is a really top notch collection of (excerpts of) key theoretical, philosophical, religious, and political texts from across time and civilizations. The editor's introduction to each piece/author provides a good smattering of background information about the time, place, and conditions that prompted the document, and the study questions can provide useful aids for examining various meanings. What is especially interesting about this anthology is the way that texts work in ...more
Rashaan
Jul 20, 2008 Rashaan rated it really liked it
Wary of teaching the typical reading assignments on gun control, obesity or the other myriad of contemporary issues that proliferate among most composition readers, I turned to this impressive text that spans Lao Tzu to Arundhati Roy. Surprisingly enough the students took these classic and dense texts and ran with it. They seemed to really enjoy Mo Tzu's treatise, "Against Music," struggled with Wollstonecraft's prose, though they appreciated that centuries later we're practicing the very ideals ...more
Bob Conner
Feb 02, 2015 Bob Conner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: culture
Michael Austin's works are not only very readable and enjoyable, they clearly offer much to consider and apply to one's dealings with the world around us. I've read most of his work and look forward to additional reading from him.
Graham
Oct 24, 2014 Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school, academic
Good book for teaching a low-level writing course due to the variety. I supplemented some writing on sexuality, aging, and living in a postmodern era, but otherwise good. Especially a fan of the ability to pair two readings from this which speak to each other closely (Locke+Hobbes, Mead+Orwell, Machiavelli+Pizan, etc.).
Willy
Jun 02, 2014 Willy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a requirement for my English class. I loved it. All the pieces of writing, were short and straight to the point.
Stasha
Stasha marked it as to-read
Sep 17, 2016
Tyler Foster
Tyler Foster marked it as to-read
Sep 07, 2016
Lydia
Lydia is currently reading it
Aug 31, 2016
BookDB
BookDB marked it as to-read
Aug 29, 2016
Rachel
Rachel is currently reading it
Aug 22, 2016
Suzanne Newell
Suzanne Newell marked it as to-read
Aug 02, 2016
Gardemia
Gardemia marked it as to-read
Jul 16, 2016
Maria B McCabe
Maria B McCabe rated it it was amazing
Jul 15, 2016
Sebastian
Sebastian marked it as to-read
Jun 20, 2016
Freya
Freya marked it as to-read
Jun 09, 2016
Zenobia Redeaux
Zenobia Redeaux is currently reading it
May 18, 2016
Kambuni Ymelda
Kambuni Ymelda marked it as to-read
May 13, 2016
klo
klo marked it as to-read
May 06, 2016
Samantha Trieu
Samantha Trieu rated it liked it
May 04, 2016
Corey Landon Wozniak
Corey Landon Wozniak marked it as to-read
Apr 24, 2016
Mary Lynn
Mary Lynn marked it as to-read
Apr 20, 2016
Real Armstrong
Real Armstrong marked it as to-read
Mar 25, 2016
Karen Anahe
Karen Anahe rated it really liked it
Mar 07, 2016
Katie Goleash
Katie Goleash marked it as to-read
Feb 28, 2016
Makayla Foust
Makayla Foust marked it as to-read
Feb 04, 2016
Csierra
Csierra is currently reading it
Feb 03, 2016
Ashley Adams
Ashley Adams rated it liked it
Feb 02, 2016
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
philosophy, psych...: Confucius and other great thinkers 1 14 May 14, 2013 07:00AM  
18603
I am an English professor who became an administrator who dreams of being a political pundit. After eleven years teaching English and writing books like this, I accepted a position as the Provost and Academic Vice President at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas. All the while, though, I dreamed of being a talking head. Soon after moving into administration, I started to write the Founderstein Bl ...more
More about Michael Austin...

Share This Book