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R sum – How to Read a Book de Mortimer J. Adler; Charles Van Doren Breve historia del saber. 24 Oct Search results. of results for Books. Buy Breve historia del leer 1ª ed., 1ª imp. by Charles Van Doren (ISBN: ) from Breve Historia Del Saber/ the Brief History of Knowing. Charles. Breve Historia Del Saber De Charles Van Doren. 2 likes. Book.

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Read it and love it and learn a lot. He is wise enough to dorne that things have not always been for the best: It describes the various contributions of all ancient civilizations and not so ancient empires. Histoia of the main topics of the book is the relationship between science and religion through human history.

If you already have a general knowledge of Western history you will be disappointed. Apr 19, Bennett Coles rated it it was amazing.

Van Doren is masterful in his knowledge and choice of pivotal events and people, and in linking them all in a hisgoria, literate, and generally wise Grand Narrative, superbly written. If you enjoy art, literature, philosophy, Reviewing a book on the history of human knowledge is a daunting prospect though not perhaps as daunting as writing one.


This was an outstanding book, a pleasure to read, offering a great exploration of new knowledge every few pages.

The author takes on a subject that is too big and his lack of deeper knowledge is showing in some chapters, which are trite and sometimes even erroneous. To begin, his work is Western biased, leaving very little space devoted to the remarkable achievements of non-Western civilizations and cultures.

Also in the book, Van Doren states only one formula for World Peace, a one-world government. Dec 07, Richard Rogers rated it really liked it. He is particularly good at succintly describing why the end of the Roman Empire was such a The Past and Present parts were very well done but Charles Van Doren allows too much of his own personal beliefs to be evident throughout this book.


It’s like as if the rest of the world didn’t even exist because of course they were all savages waiting for the white man to shower An enormous disappointment.

Some reviewers have harshly criticized the book for their own sabr ability to detect a Western-centric and “white males only” narrative, which reflects nothing but these reviewers’ poor reading comprehension.

So much so that the world suffers at our expense of being a very strong capitalistic nation. And yes, I gave the book away as a gift quite a few times!

Thanks for telling us about the dren. Was Mexico, Paraguay, or New Zealand involved?

He discusses the invasions of Kipchaks and Mongols, and chrles weird relation to the Black Death. If intellectual diversity interests you, this book is all about that.

A History of Knowledge: He goes to some length to try and educate the modern reader about how a person in ancient Egypt, say, or 19th Century France would have seen their world, and he cautions strongly against imposing our own assumptions and prejudices on our ancestors.


Breve Historia Del Saber 3. What I particularly like about Doren’s work though are the insights which remind me of Trilling’s commentaries on literature: But Van Doren is not simply triumphalist. Its range is historical philosophy, language, politics, war, science, technology, and medicine. Awareness of the actual historical events and people are more important than taking everything Van Doren writes as fact. There’s a problem loading this menu at the moment.

The majority of people in the world call these changes “progress”. Van Doren delightfully sheds light on subjects and people not well-known to the lay person, though his reportoire comes nowhere close to Barzun’s Dawn. With that, the room suddenly exploded with brvee, and [Congressional investigator] Richard N. However, before sixteenth century, focusing only o Some chapters are really very well written and are engaging.

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If the myriad reviewers of which I speak were correct, my above paragraph would not exist, for none of it would be true. The discussion of modern times has some interesting twists–the author refers to WWI and WWII as a single brevs with a pause in the middle, and I found that perspective and the discussi There’s a lot to enjoy in this book. Van Doren includes short accounts of virtually every major discovery throughout history—including scientific knowledge, religious beliefs, as well as geographical knowledge.


Amazon Business Service for business customers. In the end, it boils down to a very good read indeed! He earned cnarles B. He was overly optimistic about the future of communism in China at least so far as we can see 28 years after but his discussion of AI sounds like it could have been written this year. Sep 12, Ray Fu rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: We are already the model.

It stems, therefore, from an American point of reference when hope and confidence at least in the Western world was possibly at its highest point, and even provokes the author into making tentative and from our place in time, possibly quite amusing but interesting predictions for the next hundred years which in themselves also call for a cautious but This overview of the achievements of human knowledge ranges from the ancient past to the final decade of the 20th century, was published in I vn he would have been able to rise above the current zeitgeist, but I guess that is easier said than done.

Breve historia del leer: : Charles Van Doren: Books

Indeed, how anyone with the intellect of Van Doren could write such a flawed and careless charlws is almost incomprehensible. Van Doren paints humankind’s history of knowledge as wholly progressive but also long, sometimes intermittent i Van Doren’s A History of Knowledge can be interpreted as a cross between his earlier work, The Idea of Progressand Wells’ The Outline of History. Refresh and try again. How the role of money has changed over sabeg centuries.

Charles Van Doren is the well off and highly cultured son of a well-known university professor who made a number of appearances on a TV quiz show in the s.