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By Jonathan Glover

Renowned ethical thinker Jonathan Glover confronts the brutal heritage of the 20 th century to resolve the secret of why such a lot of atrocities happened. In a brand new preface, Glover brings the ebook throughout the post-September eleven period and into our personal time—and asks no matter if humankind can "weaken the grip struggle has on us."

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“It is tough to visualize a extra very important ebook. Glover makes an overpowering case for the necessity to comprehend our personal inhumanity, and decrease or cast off the ways that it might probably convey itself—and he then starts off the duty himself. Humanity is an outstanding achievement.”—Peter Singer, Princeton University

“This is a unprecedented publication: amazing, haunting and uniquely very important. nearly forty years in the past a president learn a top vendor and refrained from a holocaust. i admire to imagine that a number of the leaders and fans of the following day will learn Humanity.Steven Pinker, New York instances publication Review

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He went back to Poland and taught philosophy through the Stalinist period and after. He was one of the founders of a discussion group which later played a part in the Solidarity movement. When we met, he had recently been elected Rector of the University of Warsaw, but the government had rejected him on political grounds and had removed his passport. As his history emerged, I was struck by the range of experience that he and other Polish philosophers could bring to thinking about ethics, and also by the way much English-language writing on ethics is limited by relative insulation from some of the twentieth century’s man-made disasters.

For both terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, our global village is the second kind. There is no international police with the authority and power to enforce the law. We have only the Hobbesian solution of the posse. The book argues that we should aim for the solution Immanuel Kant proposed explicitly as a response to Hobbes. Kant aimed to remedy the lack of moral authority. He proposed a world federation of nation-states. He saw the need for independent states and did not want a world government running everything.

Volcanoes thought extinct turned out not to be. Now we tend to see the Enlightenment view of human psychology as thin and mechanical, and Enlightenment hopes of social progress through the spread of humanitarianism and the scientific outlook as naïve.

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