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Cynical Theories

Cynical Theories

How Universities Made Everything About Race, Gender, and Identity - and Why This Harms Everybody

by Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay
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Publication Date: 15/09/2020
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'Exposes the surprisingly shallow intellectual roots of the movements that appear to be engulfing our culture' - Steven Pinker

Have you heard that language is violence and that science is sexist? Have you read that certain people shouldn't practise yoga or cook Chinese food? Or been told that being obese is healthy, that there is no such thing as biological sex, or that only white people can be racist?

In Cynical Theories, Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay document the evolution and the dogma behind these ideas. While acknowledging the need to challenge the complacency of those who think a just society has been fully achieved, Pluckrose and Lindsay break down how this often-radical activist scholarship does far more harm than good, not least to those marginalised communities it claims to champion. They also detail its alarmingly inconsistent and illiberal ethics. Only through a proper understanding of the evolution of these ideas, they conclude, can those who value science, reason and consistently liberal ethics successfully challenge this harmful and authoritarian orthodoxy - in the academy, in culture and beyond.
ISBN:
9781800750067
9781800750067
Category:
Society & culture: general
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
15-09-2020
Publisher:
Swift Press
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
352
Dimensions (mm):
234x153mm
Weight:
0.44kg
James Lindsay

James Lindsay holds degrees in physics and mathematics, with a doctorate in the latter.

He has authored two previous books: Everybody is Wrong about God and Dot, Dot, Dot: Infinity Plus God Equals Folly. He lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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