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Doubt: A History : the Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson Library Binding – 29 May 2008

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  • Library Binding: 551 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435290801
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435290808
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 15.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 928,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A study on the role of skepticism in the development of intellectual and religious history celebrates the doubt-related activities of such figures as the Buddha, Susan B. Anthony, and Thomas Jefferson, noting their achievements as proponents for creativity, intellectual progress, and social change. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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When we look for doubt among the ancients, in the West we are going to find the most lively cases in the Hellenistic period-the few hundred years between the dominace of Classical Greece and that of Classical Rome. Read the first page
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Raj on 8 Jan. 2009
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Possibly the best and most balanced review of the need for doubt rather than certainty in discovering truth, morality and tolerance.

Whether you have religious or other spiritual convictions or tend to agnosticism or even atheism, this book will open up your thinking without insulting your intelligence or shouting you down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J.P on 11 April 2013
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Amazingly massive book! Intensely informative and erudite, it was a lot more than I bargained for. I had expected something rather short and concise, boy did I underestimate Doubt's history! Jennifer Hecht does an amazing job with this book, both in pacing it and in writing a very accessible text that is compact but never dry. I would recommend it to just about anyone because it is historically and philosophically significant and though the text handles 'doubt' it is inoffensive (unlike a lot of other texts I'm sure people of religious or spiritual persuasions have come upon), instead it is simply informative.

Fantastic job JH! This book could and should be read by anyone and everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bernard on 24 Jun. 2012
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So you think you are an odd person out and sidelined in the world? Take heart and encouragement in "Doubt". Jennifer Hecht maps out another side throughout history where many have taken and lived an opposite view to the popular and made rational and positive contributions. You are not alone! Jennifer writes in a clear, ordered and easy style, clearly reflecting her poetic gifts. "Doubt" is a very helpful reminder to keep in your personal library.
Bernard Moore
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jezza on 28 Sept. 2005
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I particularly enjoyed the way it covered eastern philosophies, which I had always thought of as religious. The early chapters on Jewish scepticism were very interesting too. Personally I would have liked more on the persecution of sceptics and freethinkers by the church - she seems to think we just know this -- but this is a quibble really.
Can't help but mention also that the cover photo makes her look absolutely gorgeous!
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