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Isms and Ologies: All the Movements, Ideologies and Doctrines That Have Shaped Our World (Vintage) [Paperback]

Arthur Goldwag
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9 Oct 2007 Vintage
Have you ever wondered about the difference between Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism and which influenced the other? Do you know where Post-modernism stops and Post-structuralism begins? Would you like to? From Platonism to New Historicism, humankind is constantly coming up with fresh schools of thought to help explain (or at least describe) the mysterious world around us. Here is the ultimate guide to over 450 of the most significant intellectual terms, movements, and religions that help shape the society we live in. Simply, concisely, and with personality, ‘Isms and ‘Ologies clarifies buzz terms like jihad, often defined as “holy war” but which literally means “striving” ;and illustrates the differences between Conservatism, Paleoconservatism, and Neoconservatism. It explains String Theory (which attempts to unify Quantum Mechanics and Einsteinian Relativity); describes Fauvism (an artistic movement that paved the way for Expressionism and Cubism); defines Locofocoism (an American political ideology named after a “self-lighting cigar)”; and identifies and explores so much more. Helpfully divided into categories–including politics, history, philosophy and the arts, economics, religion, science, and medicine–cross referenced, and thoroughly indexed, ‘Isms and ‘Ologies is a must have for the budding intellectual in everyone.

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  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books USA (9 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307279073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307279071
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,012,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1.0 out of 5 stars falsehood 5 Jun 2013
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Ireally wanted to like this book. It's author seemed informed and erudite
Until I got to Scientology !! As a Scientologist I could not believe the
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Informative, and Very Useful 6 Nov 2007
By Richard Torregrossa - Published on Amazon.com
This is a must-have reference book for all parents and general readers who have ever been stumped by their kids' questions or just a plain lapse in memory about subjects they thought they knew--such as the meaning of existentialism, Jeffersonianism, and my favorite, Taoism.

Most books of this sought are dry and dull, but the author writes about complex topics with clarity, grace, and quite a bit of wit.

I use this book all the time--more than I thought I would. It's a very handy tool and occupies a prominent place in my library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant and funny introduction 2 Dec 2007
By Seth J. Frantzman - Published on Amazon.com
This brilliant book, or encyclopedia, will be a handy reference guide and a great read for anyone interested in the intricacies of human belief and wishing to culture themselves. It includes all the obscure movements such as the Chartists and Futurists and describes many of the better known ones from Cubism to Structuralism. Many unknown, and barely believable `isms' are also included such as Mugwumpism. Some appear to be slightly made up. Nevertheless the sheer scale of the number of isms and ologies and ideologies included is so vast that this book is a must read. Organized by theme such as religion or art or politics and then alphabetically it is a handy and wonderful reference and an enlightening read with roughly a page or two devoted to each movement, with concise and yet whitty introductions and histories of each.

Seth J. Frantzman
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book for those who love words and beliefs! 8 April 2009
By Laughing Wolf - Published on Amazon.com
When I saw this book online, I immediately knew it was something me and my husband would really enjoy! I didn't realize the format was dictionary-esk, but now I love the way it's set up! It has different sections on different topics, for example, if you want to look up thoughts, religion, science, sexual fetishes, etc. It's quite the easy read if you just want to absorb the knowledge, and if you're just wondering what is a Muggletonian, this is a great book for you!
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Reference Book 15 May 2014
By SifuJon - Published on Amazon.com
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Good book for looking up various terms from the political, social, philosophical and other realms. The author gives an adequate amount of information in an understandable manner.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 6 May 2014
By John McCurdy - Published on Amazon.com
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A solid, worthy collection of philosophies, theologies and ideas which have shaped the world. Concepts are explained in an extremely accessible way. A great read as both a reference book and as a book that can be read cover to cover.
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