'Isms & 'Ologies: All the Movements, Ideologies and Doctrines That Have Shaped Our World

Isms Ologies All the Movements Ideologies and Doctrines That Have Shaped Our World Have you ever wondered about the difference between Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism and which influenced the other Do you know where Post modernism stops and Post structuralism begins Would you like

  • Title: 'Isms & 'Ologies: All the Movements, Ideologies and Doctrines That Have Shaped Our World
  • Author: Arthur Goldwag
  • ISBN: 9780307279071
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Paperback
  • Have you ever wondered about the difference between Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism and which influenced the other Do you know where Post modernism stops and Post structuralism begins Would you like to From Platonism to New Historicism, humankind is constantly coming up with fresh schools of thought to help explain or at least describe the mysterious world around usHave you ever wondered about the difference between Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism and which influenced the other Do you know where Post modernism stops and Post structuralism begins Would you like to From Platonism to New Historicism, humankind is constantly coming up with fresh schools of thought to help explain or at least describe the mysterious world around us Here is the ultimate guide to over 450 of the most significant intellectual terms, movements, and religions that help shape the society we live in Simply, concisely, and with personality, Isms and Ologies clarifies buzz terms like jihad, often defined as holy war but which literally means striving and illustrates the differences between Conservatism, Paleoconservatism, and Neoconservatism It explains String Theory which attempts to unify Quantum Mechanics and Einsteinian Relativity describes Fauvism an artistic movement that paved the way for Expressionism and Cubism defines Locofocoism an American political ideology named after a self lighting cigar and identifies and explores so much Helpfully divided into categories including politics, history, philosophy and the arts, economics, religion, science, and medicine cross referenced, and thoroughly indexed, Isms and Ologies is a must have for the budding intellectual in everyone.

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    1. I picked this up in a second-hand bookshop out of curiosity. In the Digital Age, it's become fairly redundant because the depth of each entry is like reading the summary at the top of a page. And just like the summary at the top of a page it feels unreliable. It either needed more depth of more esoteric 'isms and 'ologies.

    2. "'Isms & 'Ologies is a nifty little book. The subtitle tells it all: "The 453 Basic tenets You've Only Pretended to Understand." Often in conversation someone will mention a certain field of learning or area of understanding and our response is to nod knowingly, but many times we don't really know. We may have an inkling. We may have heard the term and think we know, but we really don't.Basically this is a reference book to be kept handy to use you one would use a dictionary to reinforce und [...]

    3. Do you know what a plushophile is sexually attracted to? Find out in this wonderful compendium of a book explaining all the many meanings of different themes, theories and doctrines throughout politics, religion, philosophy, economics etc Accessible and comprehensive, you will learn so much from this book!

    4. its simply a reference book. meh. but the facts its bring about ideology in islam is somewhat misleading. others are structurally simple explanation. but still kinda enough for understanding.

    5. Really interesting to read this book and trace which philosophies have influenced my ideas and thinking. It’s clear to me that I don’t have a cohesive life philosophy at the moment, but that maybe that’s part of the fun of life. It was a long-ish read, but not dry. Recommend! 👍

    6. In Isms and Ologies, Arthur Goldwag takes a look at 453 doctrines, ranging from the everyday to the thoroughly obscure (Mugwumpism?) and offers some wonderfully clear and sometimes quite detailed explanations. This could easily have ended up as as one of those lightweight anthologies of trivia, but Goldwag has crafted something more meaty than that - a genuinely informative reference guide that I would almost be comfortable calling an encyclopaedia. That said, it's not all art movements and poli [...]

    7. How much you enjoy this book most likely depends a lot on how well you already know the subject matter and how much you care to know about it. That is, if you already know a lot about the -isms, then this probably is a waste of your time; if you know a little, then it could be fun. The best section is the one dealing with philosophical and aesthetic -isms. The biggest problem with the book is that Goldwag doesn't bring enough wit and personal bias to his entries. It's not Mencken. One might as w [...]

    8. I thoroughly enjoyed reading what is essentially a reference book. My only gripe is that the section on religion was excessively large with some terms that are, quite frankly, uninteresting and redundant. That isn't to say there wasn't a lot I liked in that section, it was just in-proportionately larger than it needed to be compared to the other subjects in the book, and a lot of it felt like filler anyway, which is a shame as the section on sexual perversion is minuscule and would have been of [...]

    9. Henotheism: the belief that while there is more than one god, only one of them is worth worshiping.This is the kind of wacky shit that's front to back in this killer reference book. Any strange belief system, from philosophy to the arts to religion to sexual perversions, is represented in this thing.The one thing about it is, you want to learn more about these obscure -ologies and -isms. Speaks a little high-brow at times, so I give it 4 stars (plus, I'm not done reading it yet).

    10. Excellent. Remember the non-fiction book that came out a few years ago -- Eats, Shoots, and Leaves -- that everybody raved about? This could be this year's version.Being a Monty Python fan, I've always wondered what an anarcho-syndicalist was.This is a dictionary -- a dictionary!!!! -- of, well, isms and ologies. And put together in such a way that it's altogether readable. I highly recommend.

    11. ***3.5 stars***I recently heard Goldwag read. Smart dude. This turned out to be more of a reference book than a good read (and in that sense, should probably be about twice as long), but still, not a bad book to have on the shelf, especially if you want to know more about things like Postconstructionalism, Premillenial Dispensationalism, Punctuated Equilibrium, and the Peter Principle. (And that's just from the Ps.)

    12. I was disappointed to find out that I really don't want to expand my mind all that much. My brain is like gum that has been chewed a little too long, it's just not that flexible. A quarter of the book had information I knew, the rest contained stuff I cared very little about. I can't say this is a bad book, it's probably great for people that are interested in this sort of thing.

    13. Its a reference text. So how much you like is dependent upon how much you know and ur interests however Arthur Goldwag's wit and writing style will have you chuckling here and there as well as reading things you would have normally skipped. My favorite section was the religion section. Its not often i see balanced nuanced discussion of the diversity that occurs within a faith. Quite enjoyable.

    14. I haven't read all of it really, since it's a reference book. But I've read most of it, and I learned a LOT. I'd recommend it to anyone who stays up past midnight just reading random articles. There are some things you could be not interested in, however, it's definitely useful knowing about them.

    15. Fun romp through a load of ideas. Has the problem that it covers so much that the information given is often not enough for your interest, although he does a decent job with the space he has. Also doesn't really bring much or any personality to it, leaving the question "why not just use ?"

    16. This is a must for students unfamiliar with the plethora of groups and different "group thinks" that have exerted some sort of social influence and shaped modern American discourse. Highly recommended for unwitting immigrants caught up in it all!

    17. This is a quick-and-dirty read that outlines the origin of many things that you might not have time to learn about individually: Feudalism, Buddism, Scientology, etc.

    18. "453 difficult doctrines you've always pretended to understand." A very fun read. Written in light-hearted and very readable blurbs. There are a lot of interesting, and twisted, beliefs out there!

    19. This could be a longer book. The part about religions only scratches the surface. Although I didn't like the long section about arts and philosophies, a topic that doesn't interest me.

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