Ideas That Matter: The Concepts That Shape The 21st Century

Ideas That Matter: The Concepts That Shape The 21st Century

Ideas That Matter: The Concepts That Shape the 21st Century

Ideas can, and do, change the world. Just as Marxism, existentialism, and feminism shaped the last century, so are fundamentalism, globalization, and bioethics transforming our world now. In Ideas That Matter, renowned philosopher A. C. Grayling provides a personal and heartfelt guide to the ideas—past and present—that will shape our future. With customary wit, fire, and erudition, Grayling ranges across the gamut of essential theories, movements, and philosophies—from animal rights to neurophilosophy to war crimes—to deliver a rich, elucidating book intended both to arm readers with vital knowledge and to engage them in provocative philosophical debate.

From Publishers Weekly
Grayling (The Choice of Hercules) winnows a universe of ideas, ideologies, and philosophies into a personal dictionary for understanding the new century. With topics chosen according to the author's interests and for their intrinsic significance, the alphabetically organized list leaps from the antediluvian—Afterlife; War—to the contemporary—Artificial Intelligence; Internet. Each self-standing entry includes a concise introduction intended as a starting point for further investigation by the reader, but the author eschews references and includes only a brief bibliography. While some readers will question the inclusion or omission of specific...

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