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Author Watson, Peter, 1943-

Title The modern mind : an intellectual history of the 20th century / Peter Watson
Edition First American edition
Published New York : HarperCollins, [2001]


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Description xiv, 847 pages ; 25 cm
Contents Freud to Wittgenstein: Sense of a beginning -- Spengler to animal farm: Civilisations and their discontents -- Sartre to the sea of tranquility: New human condition and the great society -- Counter-culture to Kosovo: View from nowhere, the view from everywhere -- Conclusion: Positive hour -- Notes and references -- Index of names -- Index of ideas
Summary "This narrative history of the people and ideas that shaped the modern world is a brilliantly reasoned examination of the thought and individuals that made twentieth-century culture. From Freud to Babbitt, from Relativity to Susan Sontag, from Proust to Henri Bergson to Saul Bellow, the book's range is encyclopedic, covering the major writers, artists, scientists, and philosophers who produced the ideas by which we live. Beginning with four seminal ideas that were introduced in 1990 - the unconscious, the gene, the quantum, and Picasso's first paintings in Paris - Peter Watson has produced a fluent and engaging narrative of the intellectual tradition of the past century."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Originally published: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2000
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [773]-827) and indexes
Subject Civilization, Modern -- 20th century.
Intellectual life -- History -- 20th century.
Philosophy, Modern -- 20th century.
LC no. 00063166
ISBN 0060194138 (alk. paper)