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 conflict, genocide, totalitarian oppression, family members breakdown, and disastrous social experiments. And but those authors' undesirable principles are nonetheless well known and pervasive--in truth, they could impression your individual considering with out your understanding it. the following with the antidote is Professor Benjamin Wiker. In his scintillating new booklet, 10 Books That Screwed Up the realm (And five Others that did not Help), he seizes every one of those evil books through its malignant middle and exposes it to the sunshine of day. during this witty, discovered, and provocative exposé, you will learn:
* Why Machiavelli's The Prince was once the foundation for an extended record of tyrannies (Stalin had it on his nightstand)
* How Descartes' Discourse on strategy "proved" God's lifestyles in simple terms via making Him a construction of our personal ego
* How Hobbes' Leviathan ended 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 e-book 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 via 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 production 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 realm bargains a brief schooling at the worst rules in human history--and how we will keep away from them within the future.
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One day he feels that he is a god, a purely spiritual being, capable of completely mastering and manipulating all nature (including his own body) as he would any machine, and the next day believes that he is a purely material being, a helpless machine entirely mastered by the mechanics of nature. This brings us to Descartes’ final error, his absolutely awful proof of the existence of God (in Part IV). ” He then asserts that God must exist because he (Descartes, not God) can think of a being more perfect than himself.
One could just as easily use hearing, smelling, or coughing (except, perhaps, that they don’t sound nearly as good in Latin: audio ergo sum; odoror ergo sum; tussio ergo sum). I am not denying that thinking is more fundamentally human than hearing, smelling, or coughing, but only calling attention to the point that Descartes’ argument is not somehow essentially tied to thinking. It is only this: that while I am doing X (whatever X is), I cannot doubt my existence because I have to exist to do X.
That’s why the neighbor on one side carried off your wife when she stepped out the front door looking for the morning paper. That’s why the neighbor on the other wants you for a barbeque. ” This was, of course, an imaginary exercise. But is it an imaginary state? In one sense, it seems not, because it captures all too accurately the kind of barbarism that surfaces in the midst of war. But is human nature at its worst the best place to begin to study humanity? Hobbes thought so, and his great innovation (or one of them) was to assume that human beings at their worst give us a horrid but accurate glimpse of what they really are once the veneer of civilization is ripped away.
10 Books That Screwed Up the World: And 5 Others That Didn't Help by Benjamin Wiker