The Enlightenment Vision

Hardcover $26.00

Prometheus Books | Jan 22, 2013 | 295 Pages | 6 x 9 | ISBN 9781616146405

  • Hardcover$26.00

    Prometheus Books | Jan 22, 2013 | 295 Pages | 6 x 9 | ISBN 9781616146405

  • Ebook$12.99

    Prometheus Books | Jan 22, 2013 | ISBN 9781616146412


“From Enlightenment lessons to the prospects for planetary humanism, Stuart Jordan casts an epochal eye on humankind’s progress and asks, if the primary goal of the Enlightenment was a higher state of civilization for all, are we any closer to achieving it today? Forget about what you believe – if you think the human species can ultimately survive, read this book and find out why.”
- Jennifer Bardi, editor, The Humanist

“This is the author’s personal grand tour of the age of reason, from its pioneers to modern practitioners and beyond: a critique of their methods, successes, and failures; and an examination of the underlying human strengths, weaknesses, and failures that affect the pace and prospects for realizing the Enlightenment vision. He advocates truth, transparency, and the teaching of critical analysis as antidotes to disinformation and propaganda. His optimism is tempered by realism about how long this may take, and by genuine concern whether humankind may have sufficient time to act before the environmental stresses it places on the planet overwhelm its ability to withstand them.”
- Goetz K. Oertel, PhD, physicist, astronomer, techno-manager, and president emeritus, Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy

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