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The suicide of reason : radical Islam's threat to the West

Author: Lee Harris
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st paperback edView all editions and formats
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Whether by choice or not, the West finds itself in a low-grade yet bitter war with Islamic fanaticism--a war the West is ill equipped to fight. The foe is resistant to any of the normal methods of conflict resolution such as negotiation, economic sanctions, or conventional armed confrontation. This book shows how modern liberal societies, whose political theories are born of the Enlightenment, are unfamiliar with  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lee Harris
ISBN: 9780465010226 0465010229 046500203X 9780465002030
OCLC Number: 449256135
Notes: Originally published: 2007.
Includes index.
Description: xxi, 290 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Fanaticism and the myth of modernity --
The denial of fanaticism --
Fanaticism and resentment --
The end of history? --
Clash or crash? --
The fanaticism of reason --
Demystifying reason --
Thomas Hobbes and the politics of reason --
Condorcet's tenth stage --
Reason and autonomy --
Liberal exceptionalism --
The logic of fanaticism --
The legacy and future of jihad --
Can carpe diem societies survive? --
Our new world disorder.
Other Titles: Radical Islam's threat to the West
Responsibility: Lee Harris.

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From a "startlingly original and visionary" writer (Salon), a disturbing and far-ranging look at the West's vulnerability to fanaticism.  Read more...

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