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By Benjamin Wiker

ISBN-10: 1596980559

ISBN-13: 9781596980556

You've heard of the "Great Books"?
These are their evil opposites. From Machiavelli's The Prince to Karl Marx's The Communist Manifesto to Alfred Kinsey's Sexual habit within the Human Male, those "influential" books have resulted in conflict, genocide, totalitarian oppression, relatives breakdown, and disastrous social experiments. And but those authors' undesirable rules are nonetheless renowned and pervasive--in truth, they could impact your personal considering with no your knowing it. right here with the antidote is Professor Benjamin Wiker. In his scintillating new e-book, 10 Books That Screwed Up the area (And five Others that did not Help), he seizes every one of those evil books by way of its malignant center and exposes it to the sunshine of day. during this witty, discovered, and provocative exposé, you will learn:

* Why Machiavelli's The Prince used to be the foundation for an extended record of tyrannies (Stalin had it on his nightstand)
* How Descartes' Discourse on process "proved" God's life simply through making Him a construction of our personal ego
* How Hobbes' Leviathan ended in the assumption that we've got a "right" to no matter what we want
* Why Marx and Engels's Communist Manifesto may win the award for the main malicious booklet ever written
* How Darwin's The Descent of guy proves he meant "survival of the fittest" to be utilized to human society
* How Nietzsche's past strong and Evil issued the decision for a global governed exclusively via the "will to power"
* How Hitler's Mein Kampf was once one of those "spiritualized Darwinism" that debts for his genocidal anti-Semitism
* How the pansexual paradise defined in Margaret Mead's Coming of Age in Samoa became out to be a construction of her personal sexual confusions and aspirations
* Why Alfred Kinsey's Sexual habit within the Human Male used to be easily autobiography masquerading as science

Witty, surprising, and instructive, 10 Books That Screwed Up the realm bargains a short schooling at the worst principles in human history--and how we will be able to stay away from them within the future.

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And what was left after this scorched-earth approach? Accord­ ing to Descartes: . . during the time I wanted thus to think that everything was false, it was necessary that I, who thought thus, be something. And noticing that this truth-I think, therefore I am-was so firm and so certain that the most extravagant suppositions of the skeptics were unable to shake it, I judge that I could accept it without scruple as the first principle of the philosophy I was seeking (Part IV) . There we have it, one of the most famous phrases in the history of philosophy: I think, therefore I am.

And what does he conclude? " Obviously this absurdity was not uttered near lunchtime. In any case, reality had the last say over Descartes' imagination: he died of a cold. I know how hard it is to think when I have a cold. Per­ haps he fell victim to his own dictum and ceased for a few fateful minutes to think! to, non ergo sum. But this little instructive frivolity aside, the next step in Descartes' argument is yet more baneful. " We'll see in a bit if he's really conceded this point to common sense.

2 I leave it to discerning readers of Tocqueville's Democracy in America 20 10 BOOKS THAT SCREWED UP THE WORLD to determine whether that was a compliment. But his point was that Descartes' philosophical method had somehow seeped into our souls and become second nature. What, then, is Descartes' method? Simply put, doubt everything. In order to conquer skepticism, Descartes proposed that we be skeptical about everything to see if there is anything left we can't be skeptical about. " Before we jump on Descartes' bandwagon, we should ask the most obvious question: isn't this a rather doubtful process?

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