Humankind: Signed Edition (Hardback)Rutger Bregman (author)
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From the author of the internationally bestselling Utopia for Realists comes this extraordinary, uplifting history of human capacity for kindness. Contesting the idea that we are innately self-seeking and chiefly driven by egotistic goals, Rutger Bregman offers a very different, optimistic interpretation of the last 200 000 years of human history. Fresh, urgent and inspiring, Humankind shows how the recognition of kindness and altruism around us – and within us – can help us to achieve real positive change.
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'Humankind challenged me and made me see humanity from a fresh perspective' - Yuval Noah Harari
From 'the folk hero of Davos', Fox News antagonist and author of the international bestseller Utopia for Realists comes a radical history of our innate capacity for kindness. It's a belief that unites the left and right, psychologists and philosophers, writers and historians. It drives the headlines that surround us and the laws that touch our lives.
From Machiavelli to Hobbes, Freud to Pinker, the roots of this belief have sunk deep into Western thought. Human beings, we're taught, are by nature selfish and governed primarily by self-interest. Providing a new historical perspective on the last 200,000 years of human history, Humankind makes a new argument: that it is realistic, as well as revolutionary, to assume that people are good. When we think the worst of others, it brings out the worst in our politics and economics too. In this major book, internationally bestselling author Rutger Bregman shows how believing in human kindness and altruism can be a new way to think - and act as the foundation for achieving true change in our society. It is time for a new view of human nature.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 480
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
'Bregman argues that it is only by dreaming about what seems unachievable that society can make good things possible' - New York Times
'One of Europe's pre-eminent young thinkers.' - New Statesman
'An author bristling with hope, optimism and answers . . . Listen out for Rutger Bregman. He has a big future shaping the future.' - Observer
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