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Humankind

Humankind

A Hopeful History

by Rutger Bregman

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 19/05/2020

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It's a belief that unites the left and right, psychologists and philosophers, writers and historians. It drives the headlines that surround us and the laws that touch our lives.

From Machiavelli to Hobbes, Freud to Dawkins, the roots of this belief have sunk deep into Western thought. Human beings, we're taught, are by nature selfish and governed by self-interest.

Humankind makes a new argument: that it is realistic, as well as revolutionary, to assume that people are good. The instinct to cooperate rather than compete, trust rather than distrust, has an evolutionary basis going right back to the beginning of Homo sapiens. By thinking the worst of others, we bring out the worst in our politics and economics too.

In this major book, international-bestselling author Rutger Bregman takes some of the world's most famous studies and events and reframes them, providing a new perspective on the last 200,000 years of human history. From the real-life Lord of the Flies to the cooperation seen in the aftermath of the Blitz, the hidden flaws in the Stanford Prison Experiment to the true story of the Kitty Genovese murder, Bregman shows how believing in human kindness and altruism can be a new way to think – and act as the foundation for achieving true change in our society.

It is time for a new view of human nature.

ISBN:
9781408898949
9781408898949
Category:
History of Western philosophy
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
19-05-2020
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
496
Dimensions (mm):
234x155x35mm
Weight:
0.65kg

'A declaration of faith in the innate goodness and natural decency of human beings'
(Stephen Fry), at a time when this message could not be more necessary.

'Reading this during lockdown changed how I think about our humanity. We are good'
Dan Snow

'Humankind challenged me and made me see humanity from a fresh perspective'
Yuval Noah Harari, author of Sapiens

Rutger Bregman

Rutger Bregman has published four books on history, philosophy and economics. He won the Belgian Liberales prize for best non-fiction book in 2013 and has twice been nominated for the prestigious European Press Prize for his journalism work.

His work has been featured in the Washington Post, the Guardian and on the BBC. In 2016 he gave a TEDx talk and in April 2017 he will give a TED talk on the benefits of universal basic income.

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