Record Details

Catalog Search

Enlightenment now: the case for reason, science, humanism, and progress

Image of item

Available copies

  • 4 of 4 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

Current holds

0 current holds with 4 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Carnegie PL of Steuben Co - Angola LP 303.44 PIN (Text) 33118000185695 Adult: Large Print Available -
Greentown PL - Greentown 303.44 PINKER LARGE PRINT (Text) 75342000086308 Adult Non-Fiction Large Print Available -
Lincoln Heritage PL - Dale Main Library NEW LP 303.44 PIN (Text) 70743000164091 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Shelby Co PL - Shelbyville Main Library 303.44 PIN (Text) 78731000505157 New NF Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781432853167
  • ISBN: 1432853163
  • Physical Description: 835 pages (large print); 23 cm
  • Edition: Large print edition.
  • Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Dare to understand! -- Entro, evo, info -- Counter-enlightenments -- Progressophobia -- Life -- Health -- Sustenance -- Wealth -- Inequality -- The environment -- Peace -- Safety -- Terrorism -- Democracy -- Equal rights -- Knowledge -- Quality of life -- Happiness -- Existential threats -- The future of progress -- Reason -- Science -- Humanism.
Summary, etc.:
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist 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 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. Pinker makes the case for reason, science, and humanism: the ideals we need to confront our problems and continue our progress.
Subject: Progress.
Civilization, Modern > 21st century.
Social change.
Quality of life.
PSYCHOLOGY > Social Psychology.
SCIENCE > Philosophy & Social Aspects.
SOCIAL SCIENCE > Violence in Society.
Social Change.
Quality of Life.
Large type books.

Additional Resources