Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters And Their Legacy Of Innovation From Socrates And Jesus To Thomas Jefferson And E by Jennifer Michael HechtDoubt: A History: The Great Doubters And Their Legacy Of Innovation From Socrates And Jesus To Thomas Jefferson And E by Jennifer Michael Hecht

Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters And Their Legacy Of Innovation From Socrates And Jesus To…

byJennifer Michael HechtRead byMartha Harmon Pardee

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In this sweeping 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 forever changed the world, doubt has a vibrant story and tradition with its own saints, martyrs, and sages.

Hecht shows that the great doubters ponder the same issues as the great believers. She celebrates such heroes of doubt as Confucius, Socrates, Jesus, Wang Ch’ung, Hypatia, Maimonides, Galileo, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Charles Darwin, Marie Curie, Emily Dickinson, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Margaret Sanger, people who drove history forward by challenging the powers and conventional wisdom of their time and heritage.

JENNIFER MICHAEL HECHT is an accomplished historian and an award-winning poet. She earned her Ph.D. in the history of science from Columbia University and is an assistant professor of history at Nassau Community College. She is the author of The End of the Soul: Scientific Modernity, Atheism, and Anthropology in France and coauthor of ...
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Title:Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters And Their Legacy Of Innovation From Socrates And Jesus To…Format:Audio Book (CD)Product dimensions:20 pages, 5.7 × 5.2 × 1.7 inShipping dimensions:5.7 × 5.2 × 1.7 inPublished:May 1, 2012Publisher:Blackstone PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1433292726

ISBN - 13:9781433292729

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“Hecht's poetical prose beautifully dramatizes the struggle between belief and denial.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) “Hecht's affinity for the doubters who have advanced secular democracy and modern art does not blind her to the hidden kinship between profound doubters and seminal believers: both have confronted the perplexing gap between human aspirations and their tragic contradictions. In her provocative conclusion, Hecht ponders the novelty of a global confrontation pitting America not against the state-sanctioned doubt of Soviet atheism but, rather, against a religious fundamentalism hostile to all doubt.”—Booklist (starred review) “Sharansky and Weiss built this spirited defense of Israel as a Jewish state on the foundation of Sharanky's personal experience as a Soviet citizen, dissident, and prisoner and as an Israeli politician. The first-person narrative forms a single structured argument and should be heard from beginning to end. Stefan Rudnicki’s narration is clear and well paced. His voice, which seems somehow to capture the whole of human experience in every sentence, gives life to Sharansky's logic. After nine years in Soviet prison and many more defending Israel against enemies and detractors, Sharansky still maintains his sense of humor and of hope.”—AudioFile “[A] first-rate study of a neglected idea. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal “In this sensitive yet monumental production Hecht traces the history of non-belief in a higher power from the pagan era through all major religions. The sensitivity lies in her rigorous, objective, scholarship…Narrated with grace and precision by Pardee, this work is truly a mini-course in religion and philosophy. It is a valuable addition to the library of any truth seeker.”—SoundCommentary.com