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Doubt : History : Great Doubsters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson

Doubt : History : Great Doubsters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson - 03 edition

Doubt : History : Great Doubsters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson - 03 edition

ISBN13: 9780060097950

ISBN10: 0060097957

Doubt : History : Great Doubsters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson by Jennifer Hecht - ISBN 9780060097950
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco
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Doubt : History : Great Doubsters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson by Jennifer Hecht - ISBN 9780060097950

ISBN13: 9780060097950

ISBN10: 0060097957

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 03

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Summary

In this history, Jennifer Michael Hecht celebrates doubt as an engine of creativity and as an alternative to the political and intellectual dangers of certainty. Just as belief has its own history featuring people whose unique expressions of faith have forever changed the world, doubt has a vibrant story and tradition with its own saints, martyrs, and sages.

Hecht celebrates the heroes of doubt - people such as Confucius, Socrates, Jesus, Wang Ch'ung, Hypatia, Maimonides, Galileo, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Charles Darwin, Marie Curie, Emily Dickinson, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Margaret Sanger - who drove history forward by challenging the powers and conventional wisdom of their time and heritage. Hecht views the history of doubt as not only a tradition of challenging accepted religious beliefs, including the existence of God, but also as a progression of attempts to make sense of life, the natural world, and the self, each on their own terms.