What are the origins of the concepts under which we organize societies, create institutions and think about our lives? Where did the concept of God or equal rights or democracy come from? How does one idea influence another? Such questions fuel debates, speeches, papers and assignments in history classes, school speaking competitions, ethics classes and more.
The publication of the New Dictionary of the History of Ideas marks the return of a reference work that is an essential tool to make the often complex history of "what we think" accessible to students and general readers. The original 1974 Dictionary of the History of Ideas has long been admired as a landmark document encapsulating the thinking of an era. This thoroughly re-envisioned New Dictionary of the History of Ideas brings fresh intelligence and a global perspective to bear on timeless questions about the individual and society. A distinguished team of international scholars explore new thinking in areas previously covered (communism, linguistics, physics) and present cross-cultural perspectives on more recent topics such as postmodernism, deconstruction and post-colonialism.
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"Selected as a 2005 RUSA outstanding reference source, the new edition of
this long-standing favorite aids our understanding of the ideas that make up
Western culture. Expanding on the original Dictionary of the History of
Ideas (1974), edited by Philip Wiener, the New Dictionary has a broader
scope introducing global- and gender-neutral perspectives not present in its
Eurocentric predecessor. Academic excellence and scholarship don't keep this
six-volume set from interesting the lay reader. The 700 accessible articles
present new material, with original entries on feminism and antifeminism,
queer theory, and nongender topics like diversity, social capital, and third
cinema. Standard subjects, like beauty and love, are treated at length in
the earlier set and simply updated in the new version to include late
20th-century ideas and non-Western thought. Each entry explores origin,
cultural interpretations, and historical themes. The alphabetical
arrangement is not an impediment to cross-disciplinary study, since a
reader's guide and full index present material in a topical framework.
Bottom Line This delightful foray into humankind's ideas, from abolitionism
to Zionism, is a bargain highly recommended as an essential purchase for
academic libraries. Public libraries of all sizes would also greatly benefit
from its one-stop-shopping approach to the philosophy of ideas."
--Library Journal, April 2005
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