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Enlightenment 2.0

by Joseph Heath

HarperCollins | April 15, 2014 | Hardcover

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The co-author of the internationally bestsellingThe Rebel Sellbrings 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.

InEnlightenment 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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 432 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.33 in

Published: April 15, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443422525

ISBN - 13: 9781443422529

Found in: Religion and Spirituality

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Enlightenment 2.0

Enlightenment 2.0

by Joseph Heath

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 432 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.33 in

Published: April 15, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443422525

ISBN - 13: 9781443422529

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The co-author of the internationally bestsellingThe Rebel Sellbrings 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.

InEnlightenment 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.

About the Author

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.

Editorial Reviews

PRAISE FOR FILTHY LUCRE:

"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

PRAISE FOR THE REBEL SELL:

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