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The Blank Slate - The Modern Denial of Human Nature

The Blank Slate - The Modern Denial of Human Nature - Steven Pinker - Régikönyvek
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“In a work of outstanding clarity and sheer brilliance Steven Pinker banishes forever fears that a biological understanding of human nature threatens humane values.” —Helena Cronin, author of The Ant and The Peacock “A mind blowing, mind openingexpos. Pinker's profoundly positive arguments for the compatibility of biology and humanism are unrivalled for their scope and depth and should be mandatory, if disquieting, reading.” —Patricia Goldman-Rakic, past president of the Society for Neuroscience In The Blank Slate, Steven Pinker explores the idea of human nature and its moral, emotional, and political colorings. He shows how many intellectuals have denied the existence of human nature by embracing three linked dogmas: the Blank Slate (the mind has no innate traits), the Noble Savage (people are born good and corrupted by society), and the Ghost in the Machine (each of us has a soul that makes choices free from biology). Each dogma carries a moral burden, so their defenders have engaged in desperate tactics to discredit the scientists who are now challenging them. Pinker injects calm and rationality into these debates by showing that equality, progress, responsibility, and purpose have nothing to fear from discoveries about a rich human nature. He disarms even the most menacing threats with clear thinking, common sense, and pertinent facts from science and history. Despite its popularity among intellectuals during much of the twentieth century, he argues, the doctrine of the Blank Slate may have done more harm than good. It denies our common humanity and our individual preferences, replaces hardheaded analyses of social problems with feel-good slogans, and distorts our understanding of government, violence, parenting, and the arts. Pinker shows that an acknowledgement of human nature that is grounded in science and common sense, far from being dangerous, can complement insights about the human condition made by millennia of artists and philosophers. All this is done in the style that earned his previous books many prizes and worldwide acclaim: wit, lucidity, and insight into matters great and small.

Kiadó:
Pengiun Books
Kiadás éve:
2003
Kiadás helye:
New York
ISBN:
9780142003343
Kötés típusa:
ragasztott papír
Terjedelem:
509
Nyelv:
angol
Méret:
Szélesség: 15.00cm, Magasság: 24.00cm
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PREFACE vii

?A RT I The Blank Slate, the Noble Savage,
and the Ghost in the Machine
Chapter 1 The Official Theory 5
Chapter 2 Silly Putty 14
Chapter 3 The Last Wall to Fall 30
Chapter 4 Culture Vultures 59
Chapter 5 The Slate's Last Stand 73

?A RT I I Fear and Loathing 103
Chapter 6 Political Scientists 105
Chapter 7 The Holy Trinity 121

?A RT III Human Nature with a Hunian Face 137
Chapter 8 The Fear of Inequality 141
Chapter 9 The Fear of Imperfectibility 159
Chapter 10 The Fear of Determinism 174
Chapter 11 The Fear of Nihilism 186


PART IV Know Thyself 195
Chapter 12 In Touch with Reality 197
Chapter 13 Out of Our Depths 219
Chapter 14 The Many Roots of Our Suffering 241
Chapter 15 The Sanctimonious Animal 269
PART V Hot Buttons 281
Chapter 16 Politics 283
Chapter 17 Violence 306
Chapter 18 Gender 337
Chapter 19 Children 372
Chapter 20 The Arts 400
PA RT V I The Voice of the Species 421
APPENDIX: Donald E. Brown's List of Human Universals 435
NOTES 441
REFERENCES 461
INDEX 491


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