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A History of Ideas

Lion Access Guides


Trade Paper, (US $12.95) (CA $14.95)

Publication Date: April 2003

ISBN 9780745950914

Rights: US & CA

Lion Hudson (Old Company) (Apr 2003)
Lion Books

Available from local and national retailers throughout the US.


The history of ideas is a huge subject which is of enduring interest and central importance for understanding how we have become who we are. In this new title in the Lion Access Guides series, Kevin O'Donnell presents a lively overview of the major philosophers and movements through the ages, showing how they have influenced society and history. Beginning with the Greeks, the book takes us through eastern philosophy, the birth of Christianity, the medieval period, the enlightenment, the modern age and the postmodern condition. The book also explores how concepts of God have changed as different world-views have developed. Major thinkers covered include: Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Descartes, Kant, Newton, Nietzsche and Einstein.

Author Biography

KEVIN O'DONNELL is an Anglican priest who has studied philosophy as part of his theology degrees at Manchester and Oxford. He has also taught philosophy at sixth-form level. He is the author of Descartes (Hodder Headline, 2002) and A Pocket Guide to the Bible (Lion, 2004).