Sunday, November 07, 2004

Dictionary of the History of Ideas

Thinking Christians have always been interested in ideas and history. They are brought together in the online version of the Dictionary of the History of Ideas. This book was originally published in 1973-1974 in English, Chinese, and Japanese. However, it has been out of print for many years. It is, however now available online in digitised form. The information can be browsed alphabetically by topic, by subject, or by author. Advanced text searching is also available. There are seven idea areas covered by the dictionary:
  • NATURE: The history of ideas about the external order of nature studies by the physical and biological sciences, ideas also present in common usage, imaginative literature, myths about nature, metaphysical speculation.
  • HUMANITY: The history of ideas about human nature in anthropology, psychology, religion, and philosophy as well as in literature and common sense.
  • ART: The history of ideas in literature and the arts in aesthetic theory and literary criticism.
  • HISTORY: The history of ideas about or attitudes to history, historiography, and historical criticism.
  • POLITICS: The historical development of economic, legal, and political ideas and institutions, ideologies and movements.
  • RELIG. & PHIL: The history of religious and philosophical ideas.
  • MATH & LOGIC: The history of formal mathematical, logical, linguistic and methodological ideas.

As you can see there is a vast range of information on all sorts of ideas. Well worth a look.

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