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4.0 out of 5 stars A dazzling synopsis of societal changes in the 20th century.
Fukuyama does it again. As we enter a new millennium and reflect on our own experiences of the twentieth century, his intellect shines like a beacon, illuminating the profound shift in societal norms during our recent lifetime. Building on the foundations of classical western philosophy, he expounds the writings of Plato and Aristotle, interweaving them with writings...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Over-shadowed by 'The End of History'
Human nature is again under scrutiny by Fukuyama. In the 'End of History and the Last Man' he examined it in relation to politics. In 'Trust' he viewed the effects of human nature on economics and this time he tackles human nature and morals. His basic conclusion is this: Because of the way humans are, politics moves in a linear direction towards liberal democratic...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Over-shadowed by 'The End of History', 28 Sep 2000
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This review is from: The Great Disruption (Paperback)
Human nature is again under scrutiny by Fukuyama. In the 'End of History and the Last Man' he examined it in relation to politics. In 'Trust' he viewed the effects of human nature on economics and this time he tackles human nature and morals. His basic conclusion is this: Because of the way humans are, politics moves in a linear direction towards liberal democratic values, but morals move in a cyclical motion. He insists that we are just beginning to move out of a great moral disruption right now, characterised by high crime levels and increasing numbers of divorce He proves himselfs polemical again when he begins to lay some of the blame for the moral disruption on feminist movements of the 60's but all in all this book is not as interesting as 'The End of History'. Indeed you will learn more about his views of human nature by reading that rather than his latest effort. But Fukuyama is not a particularly original writer. He is better at taking philosophical assumptions and applying either modern events (in the case of 'The End of History') or modern sciene (in the case of 'The Great Distruption') in an attempt to prove them. This is where Fukuyama excells. Thus this book is a good, stimulating read for the most part but not as readable as 'The End of History and the Last Man'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A dazzling synopsis of societal changes in the 20th century., 17 Jan 2000
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This review is from: The Great Disruption (Hardcover)
Fukuyama does it again. As we enter a new millennium and reflect on our own experiences of the twentieth century, his intellect shines like a beacon, illuminating the profound shift in societal norms during our recent lifetime. Building on the foundations of classical western philosophy, he expounds the writings of Plato and Aristotle, interweaving them with writings of modern exponents of political science to produce a compelling, concrete picture of the factors responsible for 'The Great Disruption', arguably the most recent of fundamental changes in social order. Expanding on ideas first conceptualised in 'Trust: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity', Fukuyama succinctly highlights the rise of individualism within our society and associates falling collectivism and levels of trust with the changing role of women in the workplace, the impending 'technological revolution' and our changing disposition for spontaneous association. This book engages your head, not your heart and is compelling for the intellectual 'assault course' it challenges you with. If you have any interest in reconciling the recent changes that have occurred within the very fabric of our society with the mutable threads of human nature, I thoroughly recommend this book. A future classic.
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