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Humankind: A Hopeful History

Humankind: A Hopeful History (Paperback)

By Bregman, Rutger

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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'A beacon of hope for a frighted world' DANNY DORLING 'This is the book we need right now' TELEGRAPH 'It'd be no surprise if it proved to be the Sapiens of 2020' GUARDIAN It's a belief that unites the left and right, psychologists and philosophers, wri...ters and historians. It drives the headlines that surround us and the laws that touch our lives. From Machiavelli to Hobbes, Freud to Dawkins, the roots of this belief have sunk deep into Western thought. Human beings, we're taught, are by nature selfish and governed by self-interest. Humankind makes a new argument: that it is realistic, as well as revolutionary, to assume that people are good. By thinking the worst of others, we bring out the worst in our politics and economics too. In this major book, internationally bestselling author Rutger Bregman takes some of the world's most famous studies and events and reframes them, providing a new perspective on the last 200,000 years of human history. From the real-life Lord of the Flies to the Blitz, a Siberian fox farm to an infamous New York murder, Stanley Milgram's Yale shock machine to the Stanford prison experiment, Bregman shows how believing in human kindness and altruism can be a new way to think - and act as the foundation for achieving true change in our society. It is time for a new view of human nature.
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ISBN 9781408898956
Released NZ 1 Jun 2021
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781408898956
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Status In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Released 1 Jun 2021
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
 › 3 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Bregman, Rutger
Category Western philosophy
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Behavioural Theory (Behaviourism)
Politics & Government
Number of Pages 496
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Dewey Code 128
Weight 400g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Human beings, Philosophical anthropology, Human behavior
NBS Text History of Ideas & Popular Philosophy
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly