The Sociology of Philosophies (Paperback)

A Global Theory of Intellectual Change

By Randall Collins

Belknap Press, 9780674001879, 1120pp.

Publication Date: March 15, 2000

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A comprehensive history of world philosophy, this book is also a social history of global intellectual life. Eschewing polemics, it presents a sophisticated view of the multiple cultures of world history, disintegrates stereotypes of regional cultures, and reveals how creativity is driven by a range of conflicting positions in each community. We see what is sociologically universal about Western, Indian, and Asian intellectual life, as well as what combinations of social ingredients have produced their divergent pathways.