Skip to content
Search the BBC
Search the BBC
An A-Z of -isms
Play all videos
Writers, academics and thinkers share their takes on some of the world's most important ideas (plus a few fun ones).
Share this post on
Read more about these links.
Absurdism: What if life has no meaning at all?
Britishisms: Know your mucker from your muppet?
Capitalism: Is it here to stay?
Darwinism: The theory of evolution explained
Existentialism: Who hasn't had an existential crisis?
Feminism: What does it mean to be a feminist?
Geocentrism: Why the world doesn’t revolve around you
Hedonism: How to live a hedonistic life
Individualism: Is it a good or bad thing?
Journalism: Why 'fake news' is actually good news
Keynesianism: The story behind this key economic theory
Libertarianism: What is it? A simple guide
Minimalism: Who needs all this stuff anyway!
Neoliberalism: The story of a big economic bust up
Orientalism: When will we stop stereotyping people?
Populism: A brief history (it's nothing new)
Quietism: Why we all need more of it in our lives
Relativism: Is it wrong to judge other cultures?
Socialism: A very brief history
Transhumanism: Will humans evolve to something smarter?
Utopianism: The search for a perfect world
Vampirism: A ghoulish (but true) story
Whataboutism: Finger-wagging as a political tactic
Xenophobism: The story of its ancient roots
Youngism: Do we discriminate against young people?
Zionism: A very brief history
Sign in to receive weekly highlights and recommendations
Find that perfect playlist by browsing our A-Z
Find a playlist
Find the answers to frequently asked questions about the site
Follow Ideas on ...