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A Brief Guide to Ideas

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  22 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Philosophy -- dry and remote? Think again. It's as relevant as tonight's news, as immediate as the choices you make in a career. If you want to interact wisely with the world you live in, you need to understand the ideas that shape its commerce, launch its humanitarian efforts, trigger its wars, and profoundly impact the way you yourself approach God, life, and relationshi ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 7th 2000 by Zondervan Academic (first published January 1st 1997)
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David Withun
Overall, this is a good introduction to some of the most important concepts in Western thought. Unfortunately, the good is occasionally broken by a single profoundly off-the-mark statement. If the reader can get past these by spotting and ignoring them, the introductory material is otherwise excellent in its inclusion of very succinct summaries of difficult material and fascinating, insightful quotes by related authors. The discussion questions included at the end of the book are great prompts f ...more
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Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm glad to have this handy resource as a part of my library. Beginning with epistemology, and an examination of the foundational ideas of Plato and Aristotle for Western thought, the authors move through the history of philosophical thought. Their guide through history examines not only Christian thought, but also the development of Humanism, and the construct of society.

In the end, the authors ask their readers to consider their own biases, and perspectives, encouraging the idea of God to cont
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