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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Verso Books (4 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844672530
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844672530
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,080,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A profound and much-needed contribution ... In the spirit of Enlightenment thinkers, he both reveals the contradictions and hypocrises of contemporary politics, and also points a way forward."--Joel Bakan

"Since September 11 2001, the idea of Enlightenment has been ripped from university textbooks and airlifted into battle between the West and its irrational enemies. In this elegant polemical essay, Dan Hind rightly quibbles with this supposedly Manichean tussle between the guarantors of Enlightenment in the West and everyone else. Hind wants to rescue the idea of Enlightenment from its usurpers, while pressing it into the service of something better."--James Harkin

"Fine, lucid and sharp ... well written and worth reading before the next wave of western tanks crosses a border, somewhere in the Middle East."--Roy Liddle

"In this thoughtful polemic Dan Hind argues that we are being misled by a debased 'Folk Enlightenment' which has little in common with the Enlightenment initiated by Bacon and championed by Voltaire, Hume and Kant."--Financial Times

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In exploring how the Enlightenment continues to operate as a powerful guiding principle in Western politics, "The Threat to Reason" reveals how the truly pressing threats to free inquiry reside within the allegedly enlightened institutions of state and corporation. In recovering the concept of Enlightenment from its self-appointed defenders, "The Threat to Reason" demonstrates its crucial importance to a truly democratic politics, rather than a political performance in which we remain merely spectators.

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