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The School of Life A History of Ideas


  • Brand: The School of Life (London, UK)
  • A collection of humanity’s most effective ideas drawn from across history – ideas from across time and space that are best suited to healing, enchanting and reviving us
  • 248 pages
  • Dimensions: 180 x 246 mm



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This is a history book that takes us from the very beginnings of our species right up to the modern age. We hear about the Ancient Greeks and Romans, we learn about Buddhism and Islam, we acquire ideas from Hinduism and the European Renaissance, the Enlightenment and Modernity. Deliberately eclectic, the book gives us a panoramic, 3,000-year view over the finest insights of a diversity of civilisations.

Every idea hangs off an image – it could be a place, a document, a building or a work of art – that has something very specific to teach us. There are ideas here that will stick in our minds because they can help to answer the biggest puzzles we may have: about the direction of our lives, the issues of relationships, the meaning of existence.

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