Grand Theories and Everyday Beliefs: Science, Philosophy, and Their Histories

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Grand Theories and
Everyday Beliefs
Science, Philosophy, and
Their Histories

Wallace Matson

OXFORD
UNIVERSITY PRESS

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Grand Theories and Everyday Beliefs: Science, Philosophy, and Their Histories
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Thank You ix
  • Contents xi
  • Chapter 1 - Introduction- How One Thing Led to Another 3
  • Part I - Before Miletus 9
  • Chapter 2 - A Brief History of Coping 11
  • Chapter 3 - Language 30
  • Chapter 4 - High and Low Beliefs 37
  • Chapter 5 - The "Will to Believe" 45
  • Chapter 6 - Eden 49
  • Chapter 7 - Babylon 59
  • Part II - Miletus to Alexandria 63
  • Chapter 8 - Miletus- The Invention of Science 65
  • Chapter 9 - Anaximander and Anaximenes 75
  • Chapter 10 - Science and Philosophy Come to Italy 81
  • Chapter 11 - Athens I 95
  • Chapter 12 - Atomism 99
  • Chapter 13 - Athens II- Plato 104
  • Chapter 14 - Athens III- Aristotle 112
  • Chapter 15 - Alexandria 121
  • Chapter 16 - Beliefs about Believers 124
  • Part III - The Legacy of Christianity 131
  • Chapter 17 - Jerusalem Collides with Athens 133
  • Chapter 18 - Cartesianism 144
  • Chapter 19 - Miletus Preserved I- Hobbes 151
  • Chapter 20 - Institutions 154
  • Chapter 21 - Miletus Preserved II- Spinoza 165
  • Chapter 22 - The Strange Case of David Hume 170
  • Chapter 23 - Ethics without Edification 177
  • Chapter 24 - L’Envoi 197
  • Chapter 25 - Conclusion? 204
  • Glossary 207
  • References and Further Reading 211
  • Index 215
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