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The Economist Book of Isms by John Andrews

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Eclecticism From the Greek for “choosing” (obviously the best), an approach to life and thought that draws on many sources, rather than relying on only one view or set of assumptions. The term was first employed by Greek philosophers in the 2nd and 1st centuries BC, seeking – in the absence of absolute truth – to reach the highest degree of probability. Among the Romans, Cicero and Seneca were similarly eclectic. In a general sense, eclecticism can be relevant to many human endeavours, from painting to music and even to the martial arts.

Economism A belief in the supremacy of economic factors, so that social factors, such as culture or race, are reduced to their economic dimensions or simply ignored. The term, derived from the Greek oikonomia ...

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