Doubt: A History

The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson

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Publisher Description

In the tradition of grand sweeping histories such as From Dawn To Decadence, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, and A History of God, Hecht champions doubt and questioning as one of the great and noble, if unheralded, intellectual traditions that distinguish the Western mind especially-from Socrates to Galileo and Darwin to Wittgenstein and Hawking. This is an account of the world's greatest ‘intellectual virtuosos,' who are also humanity's greatest doubters and disbelievers, from the ancient Greek philosophers, Jesus, and the Eastern religions, to modern secular equivalents Marx, Freud and Darwin—and their attempts to reconcile the seeming meaninglessness of the universe with the human need for meaning,

This remarkable book ranges from the early Greeks, Hebrew figures such as Job and Ecclesiastes, Eastern critical wisdom, Roman stoicism, Jesus as a man of doubt, Gnosticism and Christian mystics, medieval Islamic, Jewish and Christian skeptics, secularism, the rise of science, modern and contemporary critical thinkers such as Schopenhauer, Darwin, Marx, Freud, Nietzsche, the existentialists.

GENRE
Religion & Spirituality
RELEASED
2010
September 28
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
576
Pages
PUBLISHER
HarperOne
SELLER
HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
SIZE
8
MB

Customer Reviews

Wayne Asa ,

Doubt

Fantastic book! Hecht presents a brilliant historical perspective of the great secular minds throughout history. A lively romp from the Greek, Egyptian, and Roman civilizations right up to the present day. Doubt is a book you will return to many times and always come away with brilliant insights into real thinkers who oftentimes
Had to stand up to the prevailing dogmas of their times, often at their own peril. Bravo to Jennifer Hecht!

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