Enlightenment 2.0 Paperback – 14 April 2015
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Winner of the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing and Finalist for the Donner Prize
The co-author of the internationally bestselling The Rebel Sell brings us slow politics: promoting slow thought, slow deliberation and slow debate.
Over the last twenty years, the political systems of the western world have become increasingly divided-not between right and left but between crazy and non-crazy. What's more, the crazies seem to be gaining the upper hand. Rational thought cannot prevail in the current social and media environment, where elections are won by appealing to voters' hearts rather than their minds. The rapid-fire pace of modern politics, the hypnotic repetition of daily news items and even the multitude of visual sources of information all make it difficult for the voice of reason to be heard.
In Enlightenment 2.0, bestselling author Joseph Heath outlines a program for a second Enlightenment. The answer, he argues, lies in a new slow politics. It takes as its point of departure recent psychological and philosophical research that identifies quite clearly the social and environmental preconditions for the exercise of rational thought. It is impossible to restore sanity merely by being sane and trying to speak in a reasonable tone of voice. The only way to restore sanity is by engaging in collective action against the social conditions that have crowded it out.
About the Author
JOSEPH HEATH is director of the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto, as well as professor in the department of philosophy and the School of Public Policy and Governance. He is the author of five books, including The Rebel Sell: Why the Culture Can't Be Jammed (with Andrew Potter) and Filthy Lucre: Economics for People Who Hate Capitalism. He lives in Toronto.
- Publisher : Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (14 April 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1443422533
- ISBN-13 : 978-1443422536
- Dimensions : 13.49 x 2.46 x 20.32 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 134,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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However, if you appreciate a quintessentially Torontonian academic style of bland patronizing that likes to meander down a goat trail or two before it circles back to a point, this is the book for you! Enjoy the dementia-like experience of trying to remember exactly what point the author tried to make two seconds after finishing the chapter! Thrills all around.