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

Author: Lee Harris
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView 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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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Harris, Lee, 1948-
Suicide of reason.
New York : Basic Books, ©2007
(OCoLC)608032196
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lee Harris
ISBN: 9780465002030 046500203X
OCLC Number: 86117374
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xxi, 290 pages ; 25 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.
Responsibility: Lee Harris.
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Offers an original look at fanaticism as a world historical force. Whether or not by choice, the West finds itself in a low-grade yet bitter war with Islamic fanaticism. This work argues that it is a  Read more...

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