Enlightenment 2.0 by Joseph HeathEnlightenment 2.0 by Joseph Heath

Enlightenment 2.0

byJoseph Heath

Hardcover | April 15, 2014

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The co-author of the internationally bestselling The Rebel Sell brings us slow politics: promoting slow thought, slow deliberation and slow debate

Winner of the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

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, which 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.

JOSEPH HEATHis Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. He is the author of four books, includingThe Efficient Society, which was a national bestseller, andFilthy Lucre. He is the co-author of the international bestsellerThe Rebel Sell. Joseph Heath lives in Toronto.
Title:Enlightenment 2.0Format:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.33 inPublished:April 15, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443422525

ISBN - 13:9781443422529

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enlightenment 2.0 If you have ever wondered why the world appears to be getting more and more crazy (irrational ), you should read this book and find out why. Clearly written, scholarly without being pedantic, Enlightenment 2.0 encourages us to use reason in new and creative ways to work effectively in a world that continues to fall back on the reptilian brain when reacting to events in the modern world.
Date published: 2015-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ENLIGHTEMENT 2 Most engaging look at contemporary society through the eyes of a philosopher.Modern psychologic principles form a slightly right-wing background. I found it a good read.
Date published: 2014-12-19

Editorial Reviews


"This is a terrific book, courteous, clear, witty and fair. . . . Heath has an almost (Adam) Smithian sense of the sophistication of human motivation. . . . He can even write like the great Scotsman." -THE GLOBE AND MAIL