Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

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  • Steven Pinker
  • Author:  Steven Pinker
  • Year: 13-12-2018
  • Translator from English: Elena Filipova
  • Availability:  In Stock
  • Product Code:  2238-01
  • SKU: 16.0218
  • ISBN: 978-619-01-0362-2
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Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West, but worldwide. This progress is not the result of some cosmic force. It is a gift of the Enlightenment: the conviction that reason and science can enhance human flourishing.

Far from being a naïve hope, the Enlightenment, we now know, has worked. But more than ever, it needs a vigorous defense. The Enlightenment project swims against currents of human nature--tribalism, authoritarianism, demonization, magical thinking--which demagogues are all too willing to exploit. Many commentators, committed to political, religious, or romantic ideologies, fight a rearguard action against it. The result is a corrosive fatalism and a willingness to wreck the precious institutions of liberal democracy and global cooperation.

With intellectual depth and literary flair, Enlightenment Now makes the case for reason, science, and humanism: the ideals we need to confront our problems and continue our progress


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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Year 13-12-2018
Translator from English: Elena Filipova
Pages 528
Size 170/240 мм
Weight 0.69 kg
Cover Type Hardcover
Genre Culturology, Philosophical Researches, Philosophy of History, Researches, Famous Scientists

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