2014 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing Winner
Enlightenment 2.0: Restoring Sanity to Our Politics, Our Economy, and Our Lives
A magisterial survey of the shambles that remains of the Enlightenment’s great promise, Joseph Heath’s Enlightenment 2.0 is a vivid chronicle of the descent of contemporary politics into a bedlam of competing irrationalities and appeals to unreason. Drawing deeply from popular culture, the social sciences, psychology, and public policy, Enlightenment 2.0 is an important work of serious philosophy that is at the same time lively, lucid, engaging, and entertaining.
About the Book
For 20 years, the political systems of the western world have increasingly become divided—not between right and left, but between crazy and non-crazy, says Joseph Heath. The rapid-fire pace of modern politics makes it difficult for the voice of reason to be heard. Sanity cannot be restored by speaking in a reasonable tone. The only way sanity can return is by engaging in collective action against the social conditions that have crowded it out. Heath argues the solution lies in a new “slow politics.” Enlightenment 2.0 takes as its point of departure recent psychological and philosophical research, which identifies the social and environmental preconditions for the exercise of rational thought.
About the Author
Joseph Heath is a professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto. He is the author of numerous academic and popular works, including Filthy Lucre, The Efficient Society, and (with Andrew Potter) The Rebel Sell. Heath received a Trudeau fellowship in 2012. He lives in Toronto.