The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

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  • Author:  Steven Pinker
  • Year: 26-03-2015
  • Translator from English: Elena Filipova
  • Availability:  In Stock
  • Product Code:  1506-01
  • SKU: 16.0140
  • ISBN: 978-619-152-594-2
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Selected by The New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of the Year. The author of The New York Times bestseller The Stuff of Thought offers a controversial history of violence. 

Faced with the ceaseless stream of news about war, crime, and terrorism, one could easily think we live in the most violent age ever seen. Yet as New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker shows in this startling and engaging new work, just the opposite is true: violence has been diminishing for millennia and we may be living in the most peaceful time in our species's existence. For most of history, war, slavery, infanticide, child abuse, assassinations, pogroms, gruesome punishments, deadly quarrels, and genocide were ordinary features of life. But today, Pinker shows (with the help of more than a hundred graphs and maps) all these forms of violence have dwindled and are widely condemned. How has this happened?

This groundbreaking book continues Pinker's exploration of the essence of human nature, mixing psychology and history to provide a remarkable picture of an increasingly nonviolent world. The key, he explains, is to understand our intrinsic motives- the inner demons that incline us toward violence and the better angels that steer us away-and how changing circumstances have allowed our better angels to prevail. Exploding fatalist myths about humankind's inherent violence and the curse of modernity, this ambitious and provocative book is sure to be hotly debated in living rooms and the Pentagon alike, and will challenge and change the way we think about our society.

About the Author

Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker

Steven Arthur Pinker (born September 18, 1954) is a Canadian-born American cognitive scientist, psychologist, linguist, and popular science author. He is Johnstone Family Professor in the Department o... Read more

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Tags: Culturology, Philosophical Researches, Philosophy of History, Anthropology & Archeology, Researches, Biology & Evolution, Famous Scientists

Specification
Year 26-03-2015
Translator from English: Elena Filipova
Pages 1036
Size 140/215 мм
Weight 2 kg
Cover Type Hardcover
Genre Culturology, Philosophical Researches, Philosophy of History, Anthropology & Archeology, Researches, Biology & Evolution, Famous Scientists

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