Philosophy: 50 Ideas in 500 Words unravels its most central concepts through five tightly focused chapters. From metaphysics to modern economic theories, from groundbreaking advances inspired in psychology to its relationship with postmodernist theory, this book examines the greatest ide as from the greatest thinkers humankind has ever known. Arguments on topics as diverse as the rights of man and the origins of the species, and the existence of God and the concept of the Ego, are considered in this book, which combines history with contemporary culture in a celebration of the most important thoughts on “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”.
Because the book is presented chronologically, readers can gain a distinct sense of the historical development of philosophy, with features on everything from epistemology and metaphysics to feminism, psychoanalysis and postmodernism.
Jeremy Stangroom is a philosopher and social theorist with a PhD from the London School of Economics. In 1997 he launched the Philosophers’ Magazine, one of the most widely read philosophy periodicals in the world. Jeremy is the author of Einstein’s Riddle, Is Your Neighbour A Zombie and Would You Eat Your Cat amongst many others. He has featured on BBC Television, BBC National Radio, BBC World Service, CBS, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Arts and Letters Daily. He now publishes a new journal, Think, on behalf of The Royal Institute of Philosophy.