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1. Philosophy / B. History of Ideas / 1. History of Ideas

[history of human ideas and their relation to cultures]

10 ideas
Our knowledge starts in theology, passes through metaphysics, and ends in positivism [Comte]
All ideas must be understood historically [Comte]
Intelligence only fully flourishes at the end of a historical period [Cioran]
Ideas are neutral, but people fill them with passion and weakness [Cioran]
A nation gives expression to its sum of values, and is then exhausted [Cioran]
The history of ideas (and deeds) occurs in a meaningless environment [Cioran]
Some thinkers would have been just as dynamic, no matter when they had lived [Cioran]
The great moments are the death of Aristotle, Machiavelli, and Romanticism [Watson on Berlin]
The three key ideas are the soul, Europe, and the experiment [Watson]
The big idea: imitation, the soul, experiments, God, heliocentric universe, evolution? [Watson]