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Cynical Theories

How Universities Made Everything About Race, Gender, and Identity - and Why This Harms Everybody...

Helen Pluckrose James Lindsay

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SWIFT PRESS
01 October 2020
Society & Social Sciences; Society & culture: general
Exposes the surprisingly shallow intellectual roots of the movements that appear to be engulfing our culture' - Steven Pinker

Have you heard that language is violence and that science is sexist? Have you read that certain people shouldn't practise yoga or cook Chinese food? Or been told that being obese is healthy, that there is no such thing as biological sex, or that only white people can be racist?

In Cynical Theories, Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay document the evolution and the dogma behind these ideas. While acknowledging the need to challenge the complacency of those who think a just society has been fully achieved, Pluckrose and Lindsay break down how this often-radical activist scholarship does far more harm than good, not least to those marginalised communities it claims to champion. They also detail its alarmingly inconsistent and illiberal ethics. Only through a proper understanding of the evolution of these ideas, they conclude, can those who value science, reason and consistently liberal ethics successfully challenge this harmful and authoritarian orthodoxy - in the academy, in culture and beyond.
By:   Helen Pluckrose, James Lindsay
Imprint:   SWIFT PRESS
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   440g
ISBN:   9781800750067
ISBN 10:   1800750064
Publication Date:   01 October 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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