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

Author: Steven Pinker
Publisher: New York, New York : Penguin Books, 2019. ©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 naive 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: 0143111388 9780143111382 9780141979090 0141979097
OCLC Number: 1039339222
Description: xvii, 556 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: I. Enlightenment : --
Dare to understand! --
Entro, evo, info --
Counter-enlightenments --
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 --
III. Reason, science, and humanism : --
Reason --
Science --
Humanism.
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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 naive 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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Compelling ... At a moment when liberal Enlightenment values are under attack, from the right and the left, this is a very important contribution ... An impressive and useful accomplishment * Read more...

 
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