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Do Humankind’s Best Days Lie Ahead?

The Munk Debates

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Éditeur : House of Anansi Press Date de parution : 10 décembre 2017 EAN13 / ISBN :

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Progress. It is one of the animating concepts of the modern era. From the Enlightenment onwards, the West has had an enduring belief that through the evolution of institutions, innovations, and ideas, the human condition is improving. This process is supposedly accelerating as new technologies, individual freedoms, and the spread of global norms empower individuals and societies around the world. But is progress inevitable? Its critics argue that human civilization has become different, not better, over the last two and a half centuries. What is seen as a breakthrough or innovation in one period becomes a setback or limitation in another. In short, progress is an ideology not a fact; a way of thinking about the world as opposed to a description of reality.

In the seventeenth semi-annual Munk Debates, which was held in Toronto on November 6, 2015, pioneering cognitive scientist Steven Pinker and bestselling author Matt Ridley squared off against noted philosopher Alain de Botton and bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell to debate whether humankind’s best days lie ahead.

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Steven Pinker est professeur de psychologie à l’université Harvard. Ses recherches sur la cognition et la psychologie du langage sont reconnues et couronnées dans le monde entier. Il est éditeur associé de la prestigieuse revue Cognition. Il a publié plusieurs ouvrages considérés comme des classiques, L’Instinct du langage, Comment fonctionne l’esprit et Comprendre la nature humaine, qui a été finaliste du prix Pulitzer. En 2004, il a été désigné comme l’une des cent personnes les plus influentes par le magazine Time.

MATT RIDLEY’s books have been finalists for nine major literary prizes, won several awards, been translated into thirty languages, and sold over one million copies. He currently writes the Mind and Matter column in the Wall Street Journal and writes regularly for The Times. As Viscount Ridley, he was appointed to the House of Lords in 2013 and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the Academy of Medical Sciences, and a foreign honourary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

ALAIN DE BOTTON is a writer of essayistic books that have been described as a "philosophy of everyday life." He has written about love, travel, architecture, and literature. His books have been bestsellers in thirty countries. De Botton also started and helps to run a London-based school called The School of Life, dedicated to a new vision of education. His latest book, published in February 2014, is titled The News: A User's Manual.

Classé en 10e position des experts du management les plus influents au monde par le Harvard Business Review, le journaliste canadien Malcolm Gladwell est établi à New York. Depuis 1996, il fait partie de l'équipe de rédaction du magazine The New Yorker. Ses livres, parmi lesquels Le point de bascule, Les prodiges et Intuition, sont tous des best-sellers internationaux.
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