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Uncivilised

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Taking cues from Greek philosophy and honed in the Enlightenment, certain notions about humanity and human society grew into the tenets we live by, and we haven’t questioned them a great deal since. But isn’t it time we asked who really benefits from the values at the core of our society? How much truth lies in a science that conjured up ‘race’? Who do laws and nations really protect? Why does it feel like time is money? What even is ‘art’? And the real question – is the West really as ‘civilised’ as it thinks it is? This book will put everything back on the table and ask listeners to reconsider what they thought they knew about civilisation. Taking 10 core values of Western Civilisation in turn, it will examine the root of the idea, how it developed, and how it’s impacted the way we live.

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Knowledge is power. Time is money. Justice is blind.

Western civilisation is a powerful brand, and full of accepted wisdoms like these that we rarely question. Taking cues from Greek philosophy and honed in the Enlightenment, certain notions about humanity and society grew into the tenets many of us still live by today.

But if we take a closer look at these ideas, it seems they are not all they are cracked up to be. In fact, some of them are outright lies – and we can start to ask who really benefits from them. What is the value of a scientific worldview that conjured up ‘race’? Are the Western concepts of ‘saving’ and ‘wasting’ time really the best ways to live? Who are our laws actually designed to serve? And the real question: is the West as civilised as it likes to think it is?

In an age of division and entrenched inequality, Uncivilised is a timely, provocative and entertaining counter to the ideas and assumptions that have shaped the West, exposing the fatal flaws at its core.

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‘Witty and accessible’ ANGELA SAINI
‘A vital piece of work’ ROMA AGRAWAL
‘Stunning’ DAN HICKS
‘Paradigm-shifting’ LINDSEY FITZHARRIS

Additional information

Weight 0.42 kg
Dimensions 22.2 × 13.8 × 3 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Hardback

Pages

320

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

909.09821 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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