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Blank Slate : The Modern Denial of Human Nature

Blank Slate : The Modern Denial of Human Nature - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0142003343

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ISBN13: 978-0142003343
ISBN10: 0142003344
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: Penguin Books, Inc.
Published: 2002
International: No

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Blank Slate : The Modern Denial of Human Nature - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0142003343

Steven Pinker

ISBN13: 978-0142003343
ISBN10: 0142003344
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: Penguin Books, Inc.

Published: 2002
International: No
Summary

In The Blank Slate, Steven Pinker, one of the world's leading experts on language and the mind, explores the idea of human nature and its moral, emotional, and political colorings. With characteristic wit, lucidity, and insight, Pinker argues that the dogma that the mind has no innate traits--a doctrine held by many intellectuals during the past century--denies our common humanity and our individual preferences, replaces objective analyses of social problems with feel-good slogans, and distorts our understanding of politics, violence, parenting, and the arts. Injecting calm and rationality into debates that are notorious for ax-grinding and mud-slinging, Pinker shows the importance of an honest acknowledgment of human nature based on science and common sense.

Table of Contents

Preface

Part 1: The Blank Slate, the Noble Savage, and the Ghost in the Machine

Chapter 1: The Official Theory
Chapter 2: Silly Putty
Chapter 3: The Last Wall to Fall
Chapter 4: Culture Vultures
Chapter 5: The Slate's Last Stand


Part II: Fear and Loathing

Chapter 6: Political Scientists
Chapter 7: The Holy Trinity

Part III: Human Nature with a Human Face

Chapter 8: The Fear of Inequality
Chapter 9: The Fear on Imperfectibility
Chapter 10: The Fear of Determinism
Chapter 11: The Fear of Nihilism

Part IV: Know Thyself

Chapter 12: In Touch with Reality
Chapter 13: Out of Our Depths
Chapter 14: The Many Roots of Our Suffering
Chapter 15: The Sanctimonious Animal


Part V: Hot Buttons

Chapter 16: Politics
Chapter 17: Violence
Chapter 18: Gender
Chapter 19: Children
Chapter 20: The Arts


Part VI: The Voice of the Species

Appendix: Donald E. Brown's List of Human Universals
Notes
References
Index

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