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Fifty Thinkers Who Shaped the Modern World [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Trombley
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Fifty Thinkers Who Shaped the Modern World profiles fifty landmark philosophers, scientists, political, social theorists and spiritual leaders whose ideas have defined the age we live in.

Stephen Trombley's Fifty Thinkers Who Shaped the Modern World traces the development of modern thought through a sequence of accessible profiles of the most influential thinkers in every domain of intellectual endeavour since 1789.

No major representative of post-Enlightenment thought escapes Trombley's attention: the German idealists Kant, Fichte, Schelling and Hegel; the utilitarians Bentham and Mill; the transcendentalists Emerson and Thoreau; Kierkegaard and the existentialists; founders of new fields of inquiry such as Weber, Durkheim and C.S. Peirce; the analytic philosophers Russell, Moore, Whitehead and Wittgenstein; political leaders from Mohandas K. Gandhi to Adolf Hitler; and - last but not least - the four shapers-in-chief of our modern world: the philosopher, historian and political theorist Karl Marx; the naturalist Charles Darwin, proposer of the theory of evolution; Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis; and the theoretical physicist Albert Einstein, begetter of the special and general theories of relativity and founder of post-Newtonian physics.

Fifty Thinkers Who Shaped the Modern World offers a crisp analysis of their key ideas, and in some cases a re-evaluation of their importance as we proceed into the 21st century.

About the Author

Stephen Trombley is a writer, editor and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker. He collaborated with Alan Bullock on the second edition of The Fontana Dictionary of Modern Thought, and was editor of The New Fontana Dictionary of Modern Thought. His books include A Very Short History of Western Thought; The Execution Protocol; Sir Frederick Treves: The Extraordinary Edwardian; The Right to Reproduce; and 'All That Summer She Was Mad': Virginia Woolf and her Doctors.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2080 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (1 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009E99EDC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #292,374 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thinking Allowed 16 Nov. 2012
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Fifty Thinkers Who Shaped The Modern World offers a rich digest of the world's greatest thinkers over the last century. Is that not enough to tempt you to read it?

Stephen Trombley has undertaken a mammoth task here. The concise history of modern thought from the enlightenment up till now. He has undertaken meticulous research and achieved the astonishing result of combining brevity with depth - no mean feat.

Fifty Thinkers Who Shaped The Modern World contains chapters on Kant, Hegel, Darwin, Marx, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Emerson, Kierkegaard, Weber, Satre, Wittgenstein, Gandhi, Hitler, Freud, Einstein, Derrida and many more.

Whilst we get our thinkers classified by their `genre', Trombley also makes the connections between these genres, helping the reader make useful comparisons and contradictions between the various schools of thought.

If you are after a rapid introduction to philosophical thought then Trombley's book is a must have. As life throws up ever more challenges, we need quality thinking more than ever.

Peter Cook, MD Human Dynamics and The Academy of Rock, Creativity and Innovation Author
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5.0 out of 5 stars An accessible guide to 50 modern thinkers. 23 Jan. 2014
By Jazzrook TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is an accessible guide to 50 modern thinkers from Kant(1724-1804) and Hegel(1770-1831) to controversial continental philosophers such as Foucault(1926-1984) and Derrida(1930-2004). Also included are other non-philosophy thinkers such as Freud(1856-1939), Darwin(1809-1882) and Einstein(1879-1955).
After an illuminating introduction each chapter places the philosopher/thinker in their historical context and gives a clear summary of their ideas and writings.
The book concludes with a postscript on the current state of philosophy, a useful glossary of philosophical terms and a bibliography.
Stephen Trombley's intellectually stimulating book is an ideal guide for students of philosophy or the general reader interested in understanding modern thought from the Enlightenment to the present.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lucid prose 17 Nov. 2012
I have come across Stephen's book recently. This is a very nice book about fifty thinkers. Main thing about this book is that one can get very concise background of those thinkers work in a very lucid prose. I have reread some of the chapters in order for me to reveal the beauty of his language and structure. I shall keep this book in my table as a reference book. Though fifty is not enough, there are more thinkers, but at least we are getting here fifty thinkers life and work in a very elegant way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 14 Jun. 2013
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For anyone who wants to know something about the really important ideas and people who have shaped our world this book is a great summery.
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4.0 out of 5 stars concise - a valuable addition to my 11 Dec. 2014
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concise - a valuable addition to my collection
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