By Benjamin Wiker
These are their evil opposites. From Machiavelli's The Prince to Karl Marx's The Communist Manifesto to Alfred Kinsey's Sexual habit within the Human Male, those "influential" books have resulted in warfare, genocide, totalitarian oppression, family members breakdown, and disastrous social experiments. And but those authors' undesirable rules are nonetheless renowned and pervasive--in truth, they could impact your individual considering with no your figuring out it. right here with the antidote is Professor Benjamin Wiker. In his scintillating new ebook, 10 Books That Screwed Up the area (And five Others that did not Help), he seizes every one of those evil books through its malignant center and exposes it to the sunshine of day. during this witty, discovered, and provocative exposé, you are going to learn:
* Why Machiavelli's The Prince used to be the foundation for a protracted record of tyrannies (Stalin had it on his nightstand)
* How Descartes' Discourse on process "proved" God's lifestyles simply through making Him a construction of our personal ego
* How Hobbes' Leviathan resulted in the assumption that we have got a "right" to no matter what we want
* Why Marx and Engels's Communist Manifesto might win the award for the main malicious booklet ever written
* How Darwin's The Descent of guy proves he meant "survival of the fittest" to be utilized to human society
* How Nietzsche's past sturdy and Evil issued the decision for a global governed completely by way of the "will to power"
* How Hitler's Mein Kampf was once one of those "spiritualized Darwinism" that money owed for his genocidal anti-Semitism
* How the pansexual paradise defined in Margaret Mead's Coming of Age in Samoa grew to become out to be a construction of her personal sexual confusions and aspirations
* Why Alfred Kinsey's Sexual habit within the Human Male was once easily autobiography masquerading as science
Witty, surprising, and instructive, 10 Books That Screwed Up the area bargains a short schooling at the worst rules in human history--and how we will be able to steer clear of them within the future.
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That is the importance of wading through the argu ments of his monumental work, Leviathan. It allows us to see the foul headwaters of the stream in which we swim. How, then, to begin? Imagine waking up one morning and feeling quite suddenly that someone had removed all the burdens of conscience, all your sub terranean naggings and hesitations. You are now entirely relieved of any inner contradiction to each and every desire. The walls of opposition you used to associate with something called "con .
That in tum produces an entirely negative view of justice. " We are not bound by love. We have no feelings of natural duty to our family or our neighbor, and no noble affection for the people and place of our birth. Rather, we are bound by mutual distrust and animosity. It is not surprising that Hobbes's negative and ignoble view of human nature and human society yields a negative and ignoble view of justice. It is doubly unsurprising that his view consequently pro duces a notion of government drained of all but the lowest motives.
First, our thinking depends on the reality of our own existence. If we don't exist, we can't think. Second, our thinking correctly depends on our properly conforming our minds to what really exists. Scientific theories are judged true or false, better or worse, insofar as they actually correspond to the way things are in the real world. " Reality trumps. If we ignore this first principle, and take Descartes' instead, our imaginations untethered to reality can only run wild, as he himself giddily demonstrates.
10 Books That Screwed Up the World by Benjamin Wiker