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Ideas That Matter a Personal Guide for the 21st Century (edition 2009)

by A C Grayling

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Title:Ideas That Matter a Personal Guide for the 21st Century
Authors:A C Grayling
Info:Weidenfeld & Nicholson (2009), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 448 pages
Collections:Read but unowned, Borrowed from library, Read 2012
Rating:****
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Grayling discusses issues that are important in the 21st century, not focusing on just the positive, but also on ideas that hang on and create problems. For the most part, the discussion is easy to read and astute, though he does lapse into jargon in some of the more philosophical topics, which may lead to readers skipping those sections (which didn't require philosophical jargon to elucidate). It is arranged encyclopedia style, so you can go alphabetically and find the issue you're interested in, with cross references to other topics. He makes some blunders, especially in the area of US history; while I don't expect the British to all know US history correctly, it is a valuable thing if you are going to write about it in a professional book. Also, it is interesting to note what he includes, and what he leaves out. Are his choices arbitrary, or do they say something important? For instance, he discusses racism and the problems that arise, but he does not mention sexism. This might not be an indication of anything, since his paragraphs on feminism seem fair, but there are some rather pregnant comments in some of the other sections which might suggest a rejection that sexism is an important topic, and which are more revealing coupled with his discussion of Sociobiology. Or he may just figure he covered it enough with feminism. Still, it is an interesting work, and deserves to be considered by anyone interested in the important issues of the day. ( )
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'Ideas are the cogs that drive history, and understanding them is half way to being aboard that powerful juggernaut rather than under its wheels'. This is a book that celebrates the power of ideas: thought can, and does, change the world. And, in turn, ideas evolve. Fundamentalism, environmentalism and bioethics are defining our future just as Marxism, feminism or existentialism have influenced our present. So what do we need to know as we move into the 21st century? More than a simple reference work, this is A.C. Grayling's personal and heartfelt guide to the ideas, past and present, that shape our world. Covering religion, philosophy, scientific theory and political movements, each alphabetically ordered entry illuminates, elucidates and provokes. Written with Grayling's customary fire and erudition, the result is a book that aims both to arm readers with knowledge and engage them in philosophical debate.

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Thought can, and does, change the world. And, in turn, ideas evolve. Fundamentalism, environmentalism and bioethics are defining our future just as Marxism, feminism or existentialism have influenced our present. So what do we need to know as we move into the 21st century? More than a simple reference work, this is Grayling's personal and heartfelt guide to the ideas, past and present, that shape our world. Covering religion, philosophy, scientific theory and political movements, each alphabetically ordered entry illuminates, elucidates and provokes.… (more)

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