Capitalism has influenced everything in the 21st-century world. This work tells the story of its remarkable and often ruthless rise, evolving through strife and struggle as much as innovation and enterprise. Tracing capitalism from its beginning, it looks at its practical and theoretical impact.
Offers a route through the tangled jungle of competing ideas and provides an essential historical context, situating these theories within tradition of critical analysis going back to the rise of Marxism. This book presents the essential methods and objectives of each theoretical school.
Was Marx himself a 'Marxist'? Was his visionary promise of socialism betrayed by Marxist dictatorship? Is Marxism inevitably totalitarian? What did Marx really say? This book provides a fundamental account of Karl Marx's original philosophy, its roots in 19th century European ideology, and his radical economic and social criticism of capitalism.
What is psychology? When did it begin? Where did it come from? How does psychology compare with related subjects such as psychiatry and psychotherapy? To what extent is it scientific? This book aims to answer these questions and more, explaining the subject. It describes the "schools" of thought and the sections within psychology.
Follows the historical development of logic, explains the symbols and methods involved and explores the philosophical issues surrounding the topic. This title takes you through the influence of logic on scientific method and the various sciences from physics to psychology.
What really defines modernism? Why did it begin and how long did it last? Is Modernism over now? This graphic guide presents an exploration of the last century's most thrilling artistic work - and what it's really all about.
Traces the evolution of anthropology from its genesis in Ancient Greece to its varied forms in contemporary times. This title examines the varieties of self-critical and postmodern anthropologies, and focuses on the leading question - of the impact of anthropology on non-Western cultures. It offers an invitation into anthropology.
A guide to the state of consciousness studies. It presents the history of the philosophical relation between mind and matter, and covers the scientific attempts to explain consciousness in terms of neural mechanisms, cerebral computation and quantum mechanics. It also introduces readers to zombies, ghosts in machines and Schrodinger's cat.
Explains how philosophers like Socrates and Pythagoras influenced Plato's thought. This book provides an account of Plato's puzzling theory of knowledge, and explains how this theory then directed his provocative views on politics, ethics and individual liberty.
Philosophers have always enjoyed asking awkward and provocative questions, such as: What is the nature of reality? What are human beings really like? This book is a comprehensive graphic guide to the thinking of various philosophers of the Western world from Heraclitus to Derrida. It examines and explains their key arguments and ideas.
Michel Foucault's work was described at his death as 'the most important event of thought in our century'. This book places his work in its turbulent philosophical and political context, and explores his mission to expose the links between knowledge and power in the human sciences, their discourses and institutions.
In 1859, Charles Darwin shocked the world with a radical theory - evolution by natural selection. One hundred and fifty years later, his theory still challenges some of our most precious beliefs. This guide to 'Darwin's dangerous idea' takes a fresh look at the often misunderstood concepts of natural selection and the selfish gene.
Outlines the development of sign study from its classical precursors to contemporary post-structuralism. This title identifies the key semioticians and their work and explains the simple concepts behind difficult terms. It is suitable for those who wish to know why signs are crucial to human existence.