History Of Ideas (1800 – Today)

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Bi-weekly – Week 1 ; Wednesday ; 12pm – 2pm

Term 1 – via Zoom; Term 2 – Tartu (tbc)     Space available

The past two centuries represent a spectacular period of discovery, invention and imaginative speculation.  Relativity theory, quantum mechanics, evolutionary theory, artificial intelligence, Freudianism, Marxism, the discovery of DNA and of Deep Time and Deep Order Mathematics, breath-taking advances in cosmology, chemistry, computing and the earth sciences, and new approaches to literature, music and the arts. It is almost impossible to list all the ideas that have transformed the world and our understanding of it since 1800. Each participant will have an opportunity to present on a favorite idea or thinker. Supporting texts include two books by Peter Watson, The Modern Mind: An Intellectual History of the 20th Century and Ideas: A History of Thought and Invention from Fire to Freud.   


 Martin Jones(martin800@live.com)has been an Academy member since 2016. He is a retired business executive whose interest in the history of ideas began in university and developed during a career in which he spent way too much time on airplanes and in hotels and jungles with little to do but read. 

David Brodie(david.brodie.99@gmail.com) has been a member since 2003 and has attended and facilitated numerous workshops on a variety of topics – few of which relate to his academic background – but all of which he enjoyed. 

Workshop Notes:

The tables of contents for relevant chapters from Ideas: A History of Thought and Invention from Fire to Freud and the full table of contents for The Modern Mind: An Intellectual History of the 20th Century are shown below.

Book Chapter pdfs

Welcome Letter


Presentation Schedule