Enlightenment 2.0: Restoring Sanity to Our Politics, Our Economy, and Our Lives

Enlightenment 2.0: Restoring Sanity to Our Politics, Our Economy, and Our Lives

by Joseph Heath


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Winner of the 2014 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

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

The political systems of the western world have become increasingly divided—not between right and left, but between crazy and non-crazy, mainstream politics and populism. What’s more, the crazies seem to have the upper hand. 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 argues for a new “slow politics.” 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. In prose as accessible as that of Malcolm Gladwell and as robustly researched as Daniel Kahneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow, Heath offers us a roadmap through today's troubled political landscape.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062342898
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/23/2014
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Head versus heart 1

Part I The Old Mind and the New

1 The calm passion: Reason: its nature, origin, and causes 27

2 The art of the kluge: On the haphazard construction of the mind 60

3 The nuts and bolts of civilization: Where conservatism gets it right 84

4 When intuition goes wrong and why we still need reason 109

5 Thinking straight is hard to do: Pitfalls and challenges for the new Enlightenment 129

Part II The Age of Unreason

6 Has the world gone mad?: …or is it just me? 161

7 Going viral: Malware of the mind 186

8 "Dripping wine and blood": The misology of the modem left 211

9 Run, Forrest, run!: The rise of common sense conservatism 236

Part III Restoring Sanity

10 Fighting fire with fire or why you shouldn't wrestle with a pig 263

11 Just think harder! and other unhelpful advice from the Enlightenment 286

12 Protecting the mental environment Rethinking the architecture of choice 302

13 Small steps to a saner world: The Slow Politics Manifesto 329

Epilogue 353

Acknowledgments 359

Notes 362

Index 393

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