Great Ideas in History, Politics, and Philosophy
Imprint: Baylor University Press
704 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
- Published: August 2021
With the world at our fingertips through the internet, it can be paralyzing and overwhelming to take in all the information available. What’s needed is a way to tune out the noise and home in on foundational ideas that can help us better navigate the complexities of our highly interconnected age. Great Ideas in History, Politics, and Philosophy offers a preliminary exposure to the intellectual resources—the great ideas—that have influenced and enriched human experience, cultures, and civilizations for centuries.
This volume offers streamlined access to seminal passages from some of the most important texts in human history—texts that have inspired and informed enduring questions related to the pursuit of wisdom and worldview, religious faith, historical and moral reflection, and civic and political life. Selections are drawn from a variety of key traditions and historical contexts, including ancient Greece, China, India, and Rome; Judaism, early Christianity, and classical Islam; medieval Europe; the Renaissance and exploration period; the early modern period and Enlightenment; and early U.S. history. Here readers can acquaint themselves with towering perspectives, meditations, arguments, and documents in the academic disciplines of history, political science, and philosophy. Great Ideas in History, Politics, and Philosophy invites readers to enter into conversations that are both timely and timeless.
This sweeping anthology empowers all kinds of readers to engage with some of the most consequential thinkers in history. At a time when the humanities are under attack and politics too often replaces serious discussion of history and ideas, we need this book.~Molly Worthen, Associate Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
A quality education must take on the big questions, and Caleb Clanton and Richard Goode have provided students and instructors a vital tool for the task. This extensive anthology includes a wide range of short, accessible selections taken from ancient global civilizations to the modern world, and they address numerous still-relevant issues in religion, ethics, politics, and civic responsibility. Ably edited with clear, informative comments preceding each excerpt, this book will stimulate hours of rewarding discussion both in and out of the classroom.~Jonathan M. Atkins, Professor of History, Berry College