orellfuessli.ch

The Better Angels of Our Nature

The Decline of Violence In History And Its Causes

-Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize 2012

This acclaimed book by Steven Pinker, author of The Language Instinct and The Blank Slate, argues that, contrary to popular belief, humankind has become progressively less violent, over millenia and decades. Can violence really have declined? The images of conflict we see daily on our screens from around the world suggest this is an almost obscene claim to be making. Extraordinarily, however, Steven Pinker shows violence within and between societies - both murder and warfare - really has declined from prehistory to today. We are much less likely to die at someone else's hands than ever before. Even the horrific carnage of the last century, when compared to the dangers of pre-state societies, is part of this trend. Debunking both the idea of the 'noble savage' and an over-simplistic Hobbesian notion of a 'nasty, brutish and short' life, Steven Pinker argues that modernity and its cultural institutions are actually making us better people.

'One of the most important books I've read - not just this year, but ever ... For me, what's most important about The Better Angels of Our Nature are its insights into how to help achieve positive outcomes. How can we encourage a less violent, more just society, particularly for the poor? Steven Pinker shows us ways we can make those positive trajectories a little more likely. That's a contribution, not just to historical scholarship, but to the world'
Bill Gates

'Brilliant, mind-altering ... Everyone should read this astonishing book' David Runciman, Guardian

'A supremely important book. To have command of so much research, spread across so many different fields, is a masterly achievement. Pinker convincingly demonstrates that there has been a dramatic decline in violence, and he is persuasive about the causes of that decline' Peter Singer, New York Times

'[A] sweeping new review of the history of human violence...[Pinker has] the kind of academic superbrain that can translate otherwise impenetrable statistics into a meaningful narrative of human behaviour...impeccable scholarship' Tony Allen-Mills, Sunday Times

'Written in Pinker's distinctively entertaining and clear personal style...a marvellous synthesis of science, history and storytelling' Clive Cookson, Financial Times

'Pinker's scholarhsip is astounding...flawless...masterful' Joanna Bourke, The Times

Steven Pinker is the Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. Until 2003, he taught in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. He conducts research on language and cognition, writes for publications such as The New York Times, Time and Slate, and is the author of six books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, The Blank Slate and The Stuff of Thought

Rezension
A supremely important book. To have command of so much research, spread across so many different fields, is a masterly achievement. Pinker convincingly demonstrates that there has been a dramatic decline in violence, and he is persuasive about the causes of that decline
Portrait
An award-winning cognitive scientist and public intellectual, Steven Pinker is also Chair of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary and the lauded author of bestsellers such as The Language Instinct, Words and Rules, The Better Angels of Our Nature and The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature. He is Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University and lives in Boston & Truro, Massachusetts.
… weiterlesen
Beschreibung

Produktdetails


Format ePUB i
Kopierschutz kopiergeschützt i
Seitenzahl 1056, (Printausgabe)
Erscheinungsdatum 06.10.2011
Sprache Englisch
EAN 9780141959740
Verlag Penguin Books Ltd
eBook
Fr. 13.50
inkl. gesetzl. MwSt.
Sofort per Download lieferbar
In der Cloud verfügbar
Premium Card
Fr. 13.50 Umsatz sammeln
Weitere Informationen

Andere Kunden interessierten sich auch für

  • 27830034
    Medical Product Regulatory Affairs
    von Gary Walsh
    eBook
    Fr. 87.90
  • 46003104
    The Fear of 13
    von Nick Yarris
    eBook
    Fr. 7.50
  • 45441172
    The Status of the Individual in International Law and the Age of Globalization
    von Stefan Kirchner
    eBook
    Fr. 13.90
  • 46659274
    Heidegger and the Politics of Disablement
    von Thomas Abrams
    eBook
    Fr. 65.90
  • 46673631
    Victim-Offender Reconciliation in the People's Republic of China and Taiwan
    von Riccardo Berti
    eBook
    Fr. 93.50
  • 46686512
    Embrace
    von Leroy Barber
    eBook
    Fr. 16.90
  • 46686518
    What Does the Bible Say About Suffering?
    von Brian Han Gregg
    eBook
    Fr. 21.50
  • 46708560
    Crime Scene Management
    eBook
    Fr. 50.50
  • 47091465
    How the South was won and the nation lost
    von Philipp Adorf
    eBook
    Fr. 87.90
  • 47375168
    Change
    eBook
    Fr. 18.50

Kundenbewertungen


Es wurden noch keine Bewertungen geschrieben.

Wird oft zusammen gekauft

The Better Angels of Our Nature

The Better Angels of Our Nature

von Steven Pinker

eBook
Fr. 13.50
+
=
Stuff Matters

Stuff Matters

von Mark Miodownik

eBook
Fr. 10.50
+
=

für

Fr. 24.00

inkl. gesetzl. MwSt.

Alle kaufen