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Cynical Theories

Cynical Theories
How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity—and Why This Harms Everybody

by Helen Pluckrose,James A. Lindsay

  • Publisher : Pitchstone Publishing (US&CA)
  • Release : 2020-08-25
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 1634312031
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Have you heard that language is violence and that science is sexist? Have you read that certain people shouldn’t practice yoga or cook Chinese food? Or been told that being obese is healthy, that there is no such thing as biological sex, or that only white people can be racist? Are you confused by these ideas, and do you wonder how they have managed so quickly to challenge the very logic of Western society? In this probing and intrepid volume, Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay document the evolution of the dogma behind these ideas, from its coarse origins in French postmodernism to its refinement within activist academic fields. Today this dogma is recognizable as much by its effects, such as cancel culture and social-media dogpiles, as by its tenets, which are all too often embraced as axiomatic in mainstream media: knowledge is a social construct; science and reason are tools of oppression; all human interactions are sites of oppressive power play; and language is dangerous. As Pluckrose and Lindsay warn, the unchecked proliferation of these anti-Enlightenment beliefs present a threat not only to liberal democracy but also to modernity itself. While acknowledging the need to challenge the complacency of those who think a just society has been fully achieved, Pluckrose and Lindsay break down how this often-radical activist scholarship does far more harm than good, not least to those marginalized communities it claims to champion. They also detail its alarmingly inconsistent and illiberal ethics. Only through a proper understanding of the evolution of these ideas, they conclude, can those who value science, reason, and consistently liberal ethics successfully challenge this harmful and authoritarian orthodoxy—in the academy, in culture, and beyond.

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  • Publisher : Swift Books LLC
  • Release : 2020-11-20
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Download now to get key insights from this book in 15 minutes. Have you heard that language is violence and that science is sexist? Have you read that certain people shouldn't practice yoga or cook Chinese food? Or been told that being obese is healthy, that there is no such thing as biological sex, or that only White people can be racist? Are you confused by these ideas, and do you wonder how they have managed so quickly to challenge the very logic of Western society? In this probing and intrepid volume, Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay document the evolution of the dogma that informs these ideas, from its coarse origins in French postmodernism to its refinement within activist academic fields. Today this dogma is recognizable as much by its effects, such as cancel culture and social-media dogpiles, as by its tenets, which are all too often embraced as axiomatic in mainstream media: knowledge is a social construct; science and reason are tools of oppression; all human interactions are sites of oppressive power play; and language is dangerous. As Pluckrose and Lindsay warn, the unchecked proliferation of these anti-Enlightenment beliefs present a threat not only to liberal democracy but also to modernity itself. While acknowledging the need to challenge the complacency of those who think a just society has been fully achieved, Pluckrose and Lindsay break down how this often radical activist scholarship does far more harm than good, not least to those marginalized communities it claims to champion. They also detail its alarmingly inconsistent and illiberal ethics. Only through a proper understanding of the evolution of these ideas, they conclude, can those who value science, reason, and consistently liberal ethics successfully challenge this harmful and authoritarian orthodoxy - in the academy, in culture, and beyond.

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Summary of Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay's Cynical Theories
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by I. D. B. Books

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2020-12-14
  • Pages : 30
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Buy now to get key insights from Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay's Cynical Theories. Sample Insights 1) The right is trying to preserve outdated Western values, while the left is advocating for a more ordered world based on their more global values. The problem is that they have become too authoritarian in the sense that they completely reject any values that slightly clash with theirs. 2) The progressive left has aligned itself with postmodernism, which rejects objective truth as a fantasy dreamed up by naive and bigoted Enlightenment thinkers who underestimated the collateral consequences of modernity's progress.

The Gentleman's Magazine

The Gentleman's Magazine
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1881
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Political Economy of Regulation

The Political Economy of Regulation
Private Interests in the Regulatory Process

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1984
  • Pages : 295
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Types of Ethical Theory

Types of Ethical Theory
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by James Martineau

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1886
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Socialism as a Secular Creed

Socialism as a Secular Creed
A Modern Global History

by Andrei A Znamenski

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2021-01-15
  • Pages : 512
  • ISBN : 1498557317
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book provides a historical overview of socialism as a modern political religion. Taking a global history approach, the author explores the varieties of the socialist experience, including Marxism, anarchism, Soviet communism, German national socialism, Maoism, Israeli kibbutzim, Tanzanian ujamaa, and the cultural woke left in the West.

The Red Dragon

The Red Dragon
A Book

by Charles Wilkins

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1882
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Dublin Review

The Dublin Review
A Book

by Nicholas Patrick Wiseman

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1876
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Fraser's Magazine

Fraser's Magazine
A Book

by James Anthony Froude,John Tulloch

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1873
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Contains the first printing of Sartor resartus, as well as other works by Thomas Carlyle.

Fraser's Magazine

Fraser's Magazine
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1873
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Every Saturday

Every Saturday
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1873
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Appletons' Journal

Appletons' Journal
A Magazine of General Literature

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1881
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Month

The Month
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1866
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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THE MONTH: A MAGAZINEAND REVIEW. VOL. IV. JANUARY TOJUNE 1866.

THE MONTH:  A MAGAZINEAND REVIEW.  VOL. IV.  JANUARY TOJUNE 1866.
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1866
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Macmillan's Magazine

Macmillan's Magazine
A Book

by David Masson,George Grove,John Morley,Mowbray Walter Morris

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1881
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Macmillan's Magazine

Macmillan's Magazine
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1881
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Philosophical Classics for English Readers

Philosophical Classics for English Readers
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1881
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Living Age

The Living Age
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1881
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Eclectic Magazine

The Eclectic Magazine
A Book

by John Holmes Agnew,Walter Hilliard Bidwell

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1881
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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