A History of Knowledge: Past, Present, and Future by Charles Van Doren

By Charles Van Doren

A one-voume connection with the heritage of principles that could be a compendium of every thing that humankind has suggestion, invented, created, thought of, and perfected from the start of civilization into the twenty-first century. giant in its scope, and but absolutely available, A background of information covers not just all of the nice theories and discoveries of the human race, but in addition explores the social stipulations, political climates, and person women and men of genius that introduced rules to fruition all through history.
"Crystal transparent and concise...Explains how humankind received to understand what it knows."
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Does every­ thing change, then, or is there something that does not? As we think about the question, we begin to realize that there must be something about every given thing that does not change, else how could we recognize it as the same thing over time, even while it changes? Take a lump of clay. I rub it with my fingers, and it becomes smaller before my eyes. But it is still a lump of clay. "I t" is something that does not change, while many aspects of "it," the qualities of "it," as we may say, as well as the quantity of "it," change.

Although largely self-educated, he was famous as the most learned man of his time. Despite this achievement and his other merits, he was unable to obtain a position allowing scope for his talents. He therefore gathered about him a group of disciples and began to teach them. He ended up being the most famous teacher in Chinese history and one of the most influential men of all time. Confucian doctrine is complex and has changed much over the centu­ ries. One essential principle has not changed, which is that all eminence should be based entirely on merit.

Paul and others to new Christian communities, indicating the course they should follow in establishing the new religion. The epistles of Paul are distinctly different from anything in the Old Wisdom of the Ancients 19 Testament. The older work was primarily historical; the letters o f Paul are primarily theological. Paul was a Jew, but he was also very much a Greek in his thought. The infusion into Christianity of Greek theological subtlety and speculation characterized Christianity for the next two thousand years and differentiated Christianity from Judaism.

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