Enemies of Hope
A Critique of Contemporary Pessimism
By (author) Raymond Tallis
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Enemies of Hope by Raymond Tallis
Book DescriptionOver the last few years, Raymond Tallis has published widely acclaimed critiques of influential trends in contemporary thought: for example, Not Saussure - described as 'one of the most brilliant and effective of all rebuttals of post-Saussurean theory' - In Defence of Realism and The Explicit Animal, which demonstrated the baselessness of contemporary accounts of consciousness. Enemies of Hope takes the story further, identifying the themes common to anti-humanist twentieth-century thought and challenging the cult of pessimism that pervades our age. Tallis teases out the many strands of the comfortable, self-congratulatory cynicism of modernist and postmodernist cultural critics, exposing their self-contradictions and their wilful blindness to the distinctive mystery of human nature. The 'pathologisers of culture' and 'the marginalisers of consciousness' are shown to be the enemies of hope - the hope of progress based upon the rational, conscious endeavours of humankind. Perceptive, passionate and often controversial, Raymond Tallis's latest debunking of Kulturkritik explores a host of ethical and philosophical issues central to contemporary thought, raising questions we cannot afford to ignore. After reading Enemies of Hope, those minded to misrepresent mankind in ways that are almost routine amongst humanist intellectuals may be inclined to think twice. By clearing away the hysterical anti-humanism of the twentieth century Enemies of Hope frees us to start thinking constructively about the way forward for humanity in the twenty-first.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780312224172
(216mm x 140mm x 32mm)
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Publish Date: 12-Jun-1997
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Raymond Tallis
Mystery of Being Human, Hardback (September 2016)
A new collection from one of the greatest intellects of our generation. Including a highly topical and fiercely argued defence of the NHS. 'Raymond Tallis is one of the very few contemporary thinkers whom I would unequivocally call a genius' - Stuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday.
Aping Mankind, Paperback (April 2016)
Previously published: Durham [England]: Acumen Pub., 2012.
Black Mirror, Paperback (March 2016)View all books by Raymond Tallis
The Black Mirror is a deeply moving and startlingly original celebration of everyday life, by one of our leading thinkers and writers, who has been described as 'One of Britain's greatest intellectual all-rounders... Someone who comes closer than most ever will to knowing everything' (Independent)
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Author Biography - Raymond Tallis
Raymond Tallis is Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Manchester.
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