A World of Ideas
Tenth Edition   ©2017

A World of Ideas

Essential Readings for College Writers

Lee A. Jacobus (University of Connecticut)

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-04740-8; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-04740-5; Format: Paper Text

Forty-nine readings from the world’s greatest thinkers introduce students to the ideas that have shaped Western culture. Writers such as Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Frederick Douglass, Lao-tzu, and Mary Wollstonecraft examine ideas across six themes: Government, Culture, Wealth, Science, Mind, and Ethics.

Detailed editorial apparatus helps students handle the challenging material.

  • Two chapters on Evaluating Ideas and Writing about Ideas introduce students to best practices for critical reading, thinking, and writing.
  • Part introductions and chapter-wide questions ground students in the history of each idea and connect the philosophies of the individual writers.
  • Pre-reading questions, abundant discussion and connections questions, and writing prompts for each selection help students focus their reading and hone their understanding.
  • Glosses and introductory quotations provide additional context for themes and readings.

A comprehensive Instructor's Manual provides support for your teaching. This exceptionally thorough resource includes sentence outlines for each selection, further background on the selections, suggestions for classroom discussion and student writing assignments, brief bibliographies for every author, and sample syllabi.