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Enlightenment now : the case for reason, science, humanism, and progress

Author: Steven Pinker
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The follow-up to Pinker's groundbreaking The Better Angels of Our Nature presents the big picture of human progress: people are living longer, healthier, freer, and happier lives, and while our problems are formidable, the solutions lie in the Enlightenment ideal of using reason and science. Far from being a naïve hope, the Enlightenment, we now know, has worked. But more than ever, it needs a vigorous defense. The  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Pinker
ISBN: 0525427570 9780525427575
OCLC Number: 1028220738
Description: xix, 556 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Part I: Enlightenment. Dare to understand! ; Entro, evo, info ; Counter-enlightenments --
Part II: Progress. Progressophobia ; Life ; Health ; Sustenance ; Wealth ; Inequality ; The environment ; Peace ; Safety ; Terrorism ; Democracy ; Equal rights ; Knowledge ; Quality of life ; Happiness ; Existential threats ; The future of progress --
Part III: Reason, science, and humanism. Reason ; Science ; Humanism.
Responsibility: Steven Pinker.

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The follow-up to Pinker's groundbreaking The Better Angels of Our Nature presents the big picture of human progress: people are living longer, healthier, freer, and happier lives, and while our problems are formidable, the solutions lie in the Enlightenment ideal of using reason and science. Far from being a naïve hope, the Enlightenment, we now know, has worked. But more than ever, it needs a vigorous defense. The Enlightenment project swims against currents of human nature--tribalism, authoritarianism, demonization, magical thinking--which demagogues are all too willing to exploit. Many commentators, committed to political, religious, or romantic ideologies, fight a rearguard action against it. The result is a corrosive fatalism and a willingness to wreck the precious institutions of liberal democracy and global cooperation.

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