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Booknotes: FA on Pinker

December 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Booknotes: Pinker book on violence.
I am a little puzzled by Pinker’s book here. It is strange to make the claims he does, and there is also a danger in thinking you can refute him. The simple fact of the matter is that the violence of the twentieth century can’t be set aside and makes any conclusions here premature, to say the least. We are not at a point in history with enough finality to make such generalizations.
In part the question is up to us: we can realize the Kantian aspiration/prediction of ‘world peace’, but the option to recycle war is an obvious strategy even as we speak in the American Military-Industrial Complex.

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