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Enlightenment 2.0

Category: Book
By (author): Heath, Joseph
Subject:  PHILOSOPHY / General
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: April 2015
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 8.00in x 5.31in x 0.97in
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From The Publisher*

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.

Review Quote*

"Full of food for thought. Within the general framework of his argument a number of current political issues are discussed in illuminating new ways." -Toronto Star

"Heath is a thoughtful and sometimes cuttingly funny guide." -The Globe and Mail