Humankind (Hardback)
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Humankind (Hardback)

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Hardback 496 Pages
Published: 19/05/2020

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Contesting the idea that we are innately self-seeking and driven by egotistical goals, the bestselling author of Utopia for Realists offers an uplifting history of the human capacity for kindness. 

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 by self-interest.

Humankind makes a new argument: that it is realistic, as well as revolutionary, to assume that people are good. The instinct to cooperate rather than compete, trust rather than distrust, has an evolutionary basis going right back to the beginning of Homo sapiens. By thinking the worst of others, we bring out the worst in our politics and economics too. In this major book, international-bestselling author Rutger Bregman takes some of the world's most famous studies and events and reframes them, providing a new perspective on the last 200,000 years of human history.

From the real-life Lord of the Flies to the cooperation seen in the aftermath of the Blitz, the hidden flaws in the Stanford Prison Experiment to the true story of the Kitty Genovese murder, 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
ISBN: 9781408898932
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 878 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm

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“Extremely timely read....”

Rutger Bergman has taken on a monumental task to show us that we are not all evil savages. Underneath we all are perfectly amiable creatures but we are prone to be manipulated to be awfully bad.

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“An optimistic tonic in difficult times”

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