Enlightenment Now

Enlightenment Now

The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

by Steven Pinker

Hardback Publication Date: 13/02/2018

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“My new favorite book of all time”- Bill Gates

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, as Steven Pinker shows, if you follow the trendlines, you discover that our lives have become longer, healthier, safer and more prosperous - not just in the West, but worldwide. Such progress is no accident: it's the gift of a coherent 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. 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.

This is the case for an Enlightenment newly recharged for the 21st century.

ISBN:
9780241004319
Category:
Social & political philosophy
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
13-02-2018
Publisher:
Penguin Books Ltd
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
576
Dimensions (mm):
240x162x39mm
Weight:
0.78kg
Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker is one of the world's leading authorities on language and the mind. His popular and highly praised books include Words and Rules, How the Mind Works, and The Language Instinct.

The recipient of several major awards for his teaching and scientific research, Pinker is Peter de Florez professor of psychology in the department of brain and cognitive sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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