Enlightenment Now - Steven Pinker (Paperback)

The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

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Barcode
9780141979090
Department
Books
Released
3 Jan 2019
Supply Source
South Africa

Book

Author
Steven Pinker
Binding
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Language
English
Number of Pages
576
Dimensions
198 x 129 x 25mm (198g)

Summary

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Is modernity really failing? Or have we failed to appreciate progress and the ideals that make it possible?

If you follow the headlines, the world in the 21st century appears to be sinking into chaos, hatred, and irrationality. Yet Steven Pinker shows that this is an illusion - a symptom of historical amnesia and statistical fallacies. If you follow the trendlines rather than the headlines, you discover that our lives have become longer, healthier, safer, happier, more peaceful, more stimulating and more prosperous - not just in the West, but worldwide. Such progress is no accident: it's the gift of a coherent and inspiring value system that many of us embrace without even realizing it. These are the values of the Enlightenment: of reason, science, humanism and progress.

The challenges we face today are formidable, including inequality, climate change, Artificial Intelligence and nuclear weapons. But the way to deal with them is not to sink into despair or try to lurch back to a mythical idyllic past; it's to treat them as problems we can solve, as we have solved other problems in the past. In making the case for an Enlightenment newly recharged for the 21st century, Pinker shows how we can use our faculties of reason and sympathy to solve the problems that inevitably come with being products of evolution in an indifferent universe. We will never have a perfect world, but - defying the chorus of fatalism and reaction - we can continue to make it a better one.

Classification

General Subject
Philosophy
BISAC Subject 1
Philosophy / Political
BISAC Subject 2
Philosophy / Social
BISAC Subject 3
Science / Philosophy & Social Aspects
BISAC Subject 4
Philosophy / Movements / Humanism
BISAC Subject 5
Philosophy / Social
BIC Classification 1
Ethics & moral philosophy
BIC Classification 2
Philosophy of science
BIC Classification 3
Social & political philosophy
BIC Classification 4
Philosophy of science
BIC Classification 5
Ethics & moral philosophy
Library Subject 1
Progress
Library Subject 2
Social change
Library Subject 3
Progress
Dewey Classification
100

Author Bio

Steven Pinker is one of the world's most influential thinkers and writers on the human condition. His popular and highly praised books include The Better Angels of Our Nature, The Sense of Style, The Stuff of Thought, The Blank Slate, How the Mind Works, and The Language Instinct. The recipient of several major awards for his teaching, books, and scientific research, Pinker is Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He also writes frequently for The New York Times, the Guardian and other publications. He has been named Humanist of the Year, Prospect magazine's "The World's Top 100 Public Intellectuals," Foreign Policy's "100 Global Thinkers," and Time magazine's "The 100 Most Influential People in the World Today.