Ideas That Matter

The Concepts That Shape the 21st Century


Author: A. C. Grayling

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 046502114X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 448

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Ideas can, and do, change the world. Just as Marxism, existentialism, and feminism shaped the last century, so fundamentalism, globalization, and bioethics are transforming our world now. In Ideas that Matter, renowned philosopher A.C. Grayling provides a personal dictionary of the ideas that will shape our world in the decades to come. With customary wit, fire, and erudition, Grayling ranges across the gamut of essential theories, movements, and philosophies—from animal rights to neurophilosophy to war crimes—provoking and elucidating throughout. Ideas are the cogs that drive history, and in explaining the most complex and influential ones in laymen's terms, Ideas that Matter will help every engaged citizen better understand it.

Ideas That Matter

Democracy, Justice, Rights


Author: Debra Satz,Annabelle Lever

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190904976

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

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The essays in this volume take off from themes in the work of eminent philosopher and political scientist Joshua Cohen. Cohen is a deeply influential thinker who has written on deliberative democracy, freedom of expression, Rawlsian theory, global justice, and human rights. The essays gathered here both engage with Cohen's work and expand upon it, embodying his commitment to the idea that analytical work by philosophers and social scientists matters to our shared public life and to democracy itself. The contributors offer novel perspectives on pressing issues of public policy from accountability for sexual violence to exploitation in international trade. The volume is organized around three central ideas. The first concerns democracy, specifically how we can improve collective decision-making both by elucidating our normative principles and enacting institutional changes. The second idea centers on how we confront injustice, investigating the role of emotions, social norms, and culture in democratic politics and public discussion. The final section explores how we develop political principles and values in an interdependent world, one in which theories of justice and forms of cooperation are increasingly extending beyond the state. The principle uniting this collection is that ideas matter-they can guide us in understanding how to confront difficult global problems such as the fragility of democratic institutions, the place of sovereignty in a globalizing world, and the persistence of racial injustice.

Planning Ideas That Matter

Livability, Territoriality, Governance, and Reflective Practice


Author: Bishwapriya Sanyal,Lawrence J. Vale,Christina D. Rosan

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 026251768X

Category: Architecture

Page: 422

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Over the past hundred years of urbanization and suburbanization, four key themes have shaped urban and regional planning in both theory and practice: livability, territoriality, governance, and reflective professional practice. Planning Ideas That Matter charts the trajectories of these powerful planning ideas in an increasingly interconnected world. The contributors, leading theorists and practitioners, discuss livability in terms of such issues as urban density, land use, and the relationship between the built environment and natural systems; examine levels of territorial organization, drawing on literature on regionalism, metropolitanism, and territorial competition; describe the ways planning connects to policy making and implementation in a variety of political contexts; and consider how planners conceive of their work and learn from practice. Throughout, the emphasis is on how individuals and institutions -- including government, business, professional organizations, and universities--have framed planning problems and ideas. The focus is less on techniques and programs than on the underlying concepts that have animated professional discourse over the years. The book is recommended for classroom use, as a reference for scholars and practitioners, and as a history of planning for those interested in the development of the field.

Reading the World

Ideas that Matter


Author: Michael Austin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780393656015

Category: College readers

Page: N.A

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"With readings by some of the world's great thinkers-from Plato to Gandhi, Carl Jung to Nicholas Carr, Virginia Woolf to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie-Reading the World is the only great ideas reader to offer a global perpective across eras and cultures. Selections strike a balance between western and non-western, classic and contemporary, longer and shorter, verbal and visual. The new edition features a new chapter on ethics and empathy, a new chapter on visual arguments, and new guidance on recognizing biases"--

Ideas that Matter

The Worlds of Jane Jacobs


Author: Max Allen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781597269780

Category: City planners

Page: 213

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"Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) is history's most celebrated urban critic. In addition to her classic, Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jacobs authored another half dozen influential books on urban planning, economics, and design. She was also a tireless advocate of vibrant city neighborhoods. Ideas that Matter: The Worlds of Jane Jacobs offers students, enthusiasts, and critics unprecedented insights into the work of this seminal thinker. Originally published in 1997, and continually sought after ever since, this 2011 edition includes a new introduction by distinguished urban scholar Mary Rowe. The book is a unique combination of Jacobs' own writing (including previously unpublished speeches, letters, and articles), biography, and analysis by other scholars. Arranged by topic, it sheds light both on the development of Jacobs' theories and her life. A chapter on Death and Life of American Cities reveals a debate between the author and her publisher about changing the book's title. A section on Europe includes letters home from Frankfurt, Paris, London, Venice, and other cities that shaped her sensibilities. And a chapter titled 'Ideas' offers analysis from ten contributors who examine Jacobs' thoughts on issues from population growth to urban infill, self-employment to the wealth of nations. What results is a captivating scrapbook, offering a distinctive understanding of Jacobs' most important ideas."--Publisher's website.

Rewarding Strivers

Helping Low-income Students Succeed in College


Author: Richard D. Kahlenberg

Publisher: Century Foundation Books (Cent

ISBN: 9780870785160

Category: Education

Page: 231

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The Century Foundation continues its trailblazing mission to prevent the tragic waste of human talent that threatens America's future. Rewarding Strivers presents provocative research and analysis that provides a blueprint for the way forward.---William R. Fitzsimmons, Dean of Admissions, Harvard University The terrible "secret" of higher education in America is that too few students from poorer families have access to it, mobility based on talent is sorely incomplete, and that institutions and society suffer from a resulting lack of talent. Kahlenberg again gathers the best thinkers on how to challenge this status quo; what to do, what works and what does not.---Anthony Marx, President, Amherst College

How Philosophy Can Save Your Life

10 Ideas That Matter Most


Author: Marietta McCarty

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101152060

Category: Philosophy

Page: 352

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Discover how great philosophers can help you live a more purposeful and peaceful life. This inspiring new book from the bestselling author of Little Big Minds reveals how the heartbeats of philosophy- clear thinking, quiet reflection, and good conversation- are essential ingredients in a well-lived life. Full of great discussion ideas and activities you can do with a group, How Philosophy Can Save Your Life is framed around ten "big ideas"-themes that, according to McCarty, are necessary to grasp if one wants to live a truly fulfilling life. They are: 1. Simplicity (philosophers include Epicurus and Charlotte Joko Beck) 2. Communication (philosophers include bell hooks and Karl Jaspers) 3. Perspective (philosophers include Bertrand Russell and Mary Wollstonecraft) 4. Flexibility (philosophers include Socrates, Plato and Alan Watts) 5. Empathy (philosophers include the Dalai Lama and Martin Luther King, Jr.) 6. Individuality (philosophers include Jean-Paul Sartre and Elizabeth Spelman) 7. Belonging (philosophers include Albert Camus and Rita Manning) 8. Serenity (philosophers include Epictetus and Lao Tzu) 9. Possibility (philosophers include John Stuart Mill and Simone de Beauvoir) 10. Joy (philosophers include Shunryu Suzuki and Jane Addams) So join the greatest thinkers of all time to discover the ideas that will help you live a happier, healthier life!

The Power of Public Ideas


Author: Robert B. Reich

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674695900

Category: Political Science

Page: 265

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Edited and contributed to by one of America's most respected political and economic thinkers, and containing essays by an impressive roster of experts, The Power of Public Ideas offers a controversial, timely, and incisive analysis of the impact of the public interest on governmental policy making.