Cynical Theories

In this probing and intrepid volume, Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay document the evolution of the dogma that informs these ideas, from its coarse origins in French postmodernism to its refinement within activist academic fields.

Author: Helen Pluckrose

Publisher: Pitchstone Publishing (US&CA)

ISBN: 1634312031

Category: Education

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Have you heard that language is violence and that science is sexist? Have you read that certain people shouldn’t practice yoga or cook Chinese food? Or been told that being obese is healthy, that there is no such thing as biological sex, or that only white people can be racist? Are you confused by these ideas, and do you wonder how they have managed so quickly to challenge the very logic of Western society? In this probing and intrepid volume, Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay document the evolution of the dogma behind these ideas, from its coarse origins in French postmodernism to its refinement within activist academic fields. Today this dogma is recognizable as much by its effects, such as cancel culture and social-media dogpiles, as by its tenets, which are all too often embraced as axiomatic in mainstream media: knowledge is a social construct; science and reason are tools of oppression; all human interactions are sites of oppressive power play; and language is dangerous. As Pluckrose and Lindsay warn, the unchecked proliferation of these anti-Enlightenment beliefs present a threat not only to liberal democracy but also to modernity itself. While acknowledging the need to challenge the complacency of those who think a just society has been fully achieved, Pluckrose and Lindsay break down how this often-radical activist scholarship does far more harm than good, not least to those marginalized communities it claims to champion. They also detail its alarmingly inconsistent and illiberal ethics. Only through a proper understanding of the evolution of these ideas, they conclude, can those who value science, reason, and consistently liberal ethics successfully challenge this harmful and authoritarian orthodoxy—in the academy, in culture, and beyond.

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Download now to get key insights from this book in 15 minutes. Have you heard that language is violence and that science is sexist? Have you read that certain people shouldn't practice yoga or cook Chinese food? Or been told that being obese is healthy, that there is no such thing as biological sex, or that only White people can be racist? Are you confused by these ideas, and do you wonder how they have managed so quickly to challenge the very logic of Western society? In this probing and intrepid volume, Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay document the evolution of the dogma that informs these ideas, from its coarse origins in French postmodernism to its refinement within activist academic fields. Today this dogma is recognizable as much by its effects, such as cancel culture and social-media dogpiles, as by its tenets, which are all too often embraced as axiomatic in mainstream media: knowledge is a social construct; science and reason are tools of oppression; all human interactions are sites of oppressive power play; and language is dangerous. As Pluckrose and Lindsay warn, the unchecked proliferation of these anti-Enlightenment beliefs present a threat not only to liberal democracy but also to modernity itself. While acknowledging the need to challenge the complacency of those who think a just society has been fully achieved, Pluckrose and Lindsay break down how this often radical activist scholarship does far more harm than good, not least to those marginalized communities it claims to champion. They also detail its alarmingly inconsistent and illiberal ethics. Only through a proper understanding of the evolution of these ideas, they conclude, can those who value science, reason, and consistently liberal ethics successfully challenge this harmful and authoritarian orthodoxy - in the academy, in culture, and beyond.

DEFENDING EVANGELICALISM

... view of epistemology and ethics known as Critical Theory.340 Helen Pluckrose
and James Lindsey in their book, Cynical Theories, claim, “A critical theory is
chiefly concerned with revealing hidden biases and underexamined assumptions
, ...

Author: William C. Roach

Publisher: Christian Publishing House

ISBN: 1949586146

Category: Religion

Page: 200

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This book is an important part of the historical record of Dr. Norman L. Geisler. It displays Geisler’s intellectual gifts and devotion to the Lordship of Christ in his defense of Christianity and classic evangelicalism. This book, written by one of Geisler’s long-time and trusted assistants, will be of importance to those who want a first-hand interpretation of Geisler and the significance of Geisler’s method for present-day evangelicalism. It provides a clear assessment of the impact of Geisler’s embrace of classical realism, classical theism, the doctrine of inerrancy in the context of twentieth century evangelical theology, while providing a way forward to apply Geisler’s method in the twenty-first century.

Symposium Getting Beyond Cynicism

New Theories of the Regulatory State. mending that social scientists should take
a rather cynical view of the facts of government , for it is sometimes in the
interests of powerful players to hide what they are doing , and surface
appearances can ...

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Category: Public policy (Law)

Page: 430

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Overcoming Cynicism

Amid the theological criticisms and the Biblical arguments offered against
scientific rationality, run allegations of cynicism: the sciences give us cynical
theories that portray the world and ourselves as hopelessly insignificant. C. S.
Lewis gives ...

Author: Megan Mustain

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441115226

Category: Philosophy

Page: 186

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Nursing Theories and Models

'Parsimony' dictates that all theories should be elegant in their simplicity (Walker
and Avant, 1995). This is often ... the overuse of jargon in theories, Aggleton and
Chalmers (1987) believe its identification as a major criticism is 'unduly cynical'.

Author: Hugh McKenna

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113476653X

Category: Medical

Page: 288

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Nursing theory is a major part of all nursing courses and nurses are encouraged to use theories in practice, but it is not always easy for the student to make a real connection between the two. Drawing on many years' experience of teaching and research, Hugh McKenna addresses the theory needs of both students and qualified staff. He demystifies the confusing terminology associated with nursing theory and shows how all nurses can build theory from practice through reflection and analysis. This text offers step-by-step guidelines on: * how to analyse concepts * how to generate and select theory * how to apply and test theory in practice. Written in a friendly, easy to read style, Nursing Theories and Models puts forward realistic strategies for bridging the theory-practice gap.

The Gentleman s Magazine

He had a somewhat cynical theory of friendship , which happily was allowed , as
many other cynical theories have been allowed by their upholders , to have no
influence upon his relations with those about him . He had accepted for himself ...

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Types of Ethical Theory

realisation of his main end , and effectively continued Cudworth's reasoned
protest against the cynical theory of Hobbes , with its enthronement over the
world of a multitudinous Leviathan . CHAPTER III . PRICE . Did we select always ,
474 ...

Author: James Martineau

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Classical Mythology A Very Short Introduction

It is, as religious historian Bruce Lincoln puts it, 'one of the earliest, most thorough
, and most ruthlessly cynical theories of ideology – more specifically of religion as
ideology – in the history of Western thought'. The play it comes from was a ...

Author: Helen Morales

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191579335

Category: Social Science

Page: 168

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From Zeus and Europa, to Diana, Pan, and Prometheus, the myths of ancient Greece and Rome seem to exert a timeless power over us. But what do those myths represent, and why are they so enduringly fascinating? Why do they seem to be such a potent way of talking about our selves, our origins, and our desires? This imaginative and stimulating Very Short Introduction goes beyond a simple retelling of the stories to explore the rich history and diverse interpretations of classical myths. It is a wide-ranging account, examining how classical myths are used and understood in both high art and popular culture, taking the reader from the temples of Crete to skyscrapers in New York, and finding classical myths in a variety of unexpected places: from arabic poetry and Hollywood films, to psychoanalysis, the bible, and New Age spiritualism. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

The Sowers

It was one of his half - cynical theories that women hold the casting vote in all
earthly matters , and when an illustration such as this came to prove the
correctness of his deductions he only smiled . He was not by nature a cynic - only
by the ...

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Fraser s Magazine

... speaking of Shaftesbury , in a A comment follows expounding recent number of
this Magazine , this cynical theory in detail . ... Their theories are publisher of the
Fable of the Bees , the Scylla and Charybdis between and thereby , as it would ...

Author: James Anthony Froude

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Contains the first printing of Sartor resartus, as well as other works by Thomas Carlyle.

Fraser s Magazine

N speaking of Shaftesbury , in a comment follows expounding I recent number of
this Magazine , this cynical theory in detail . ... Their theories are publisher of the
Fable of the Bees , the Scylla and Charybdis between and thereby , as it would ...

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Every Saturday

Their theories are the Scylla than a wild - goose chase ; " and if we come to facts
there and Charybdis between which it was a delicate matter to ... expounding this
cynical theory in and cities , and not taken my notions from books or serdetail .

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Self knowledge in the Age of Theory

Contrary to the cynical theory that violent force is the secret basis of authority, it is
in fact always the sign that authority has dissolved."77 The Insufficiency of
Narrative Narrative, as I have tried to present it, is manifestly superior to both
theory ...

Author: Ann Hartle

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780847684182

Category: Philosophy

Page: 177

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The philosophical ideal of self-knowledge has been all but forgotten in what Walker Percy calls "the age of theory." Hartle attempts to recover that ancient philosophical task and to articulate what that ideal could mean in the context of our historical situation. She considers and rejects claims that we can attain self-knowledge through theory, anti-theory, or narrative and she defends philosophy as a humanistic, rather than scientific, endeavor. Self-Knowledge in the Age of Theory will be of great interest not only to philosophers but to scholars of literature and other humanities.

Film Genre for the Screenwriter

Film analyst Carmen Andres reflects on several theories, ranging from the simple
observation that mankind relishes the chance to imagine triumph over immense
adversity to the more cynical theory that disaster films are “pornography for our ...

Author: Jule Selbo

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317695682

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 324

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Film Genre for the Screenwriter is a practical study of how classic film genre components can be used in the construction of a screenplay. Based on Jule Selbo’s popular course, this accessible guide includes an examination of the historical origins of specific film genres, how and why these genres are received and appreciated by film-going audiences, and how the student and professional screenwriter alike can use the knowledge of film genre components in the ideation and execution of a screenplay. Explaining the defining elements, characteristics and tropes of genres from romantic comedy to slasher horror, and using examples from classic films like Casablanca alongside recent blockbuster franchises like Harry Potter, Selbo offers a compelling and readable analysis of film genre in its written form. The book also offers case studies, talking points and exercises to make its content approachable and applicable to readers and writers across the creative field.

Under Western Eyes

Stripped of rhetoric, mysticism, and theories, she was the true spirit of destructive
revolution. ... Of that cynical theory this was a very subtle and a very scornful
application, flouting in its own words the very spirit of ruthless revolution,
embodied ...

Author: Joseph Conrad

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486110931

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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DIVPolitical turmoil convulses 19th-century Russia as an assassination, government intrigue, and betrayal force a young student to come to terms with accountability and human integrity. /div

Friends Intelligencer

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Fraser s Magazine

seriously entertained , only that it large colleges , Trinity and St. leads to much the
same result in John's , might afford to do somepractice as the more cynical theory
thing , because their wealth is suf . of which I have spoken ; for , on ficient to ...

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Appletons Journal

posed to shrink from every kind of foregone old cynical theory of heroes may in
some cases , conclusion , a temper of pure impartiality and after all , be true , and
that in Napoleon to a good · candor . Such a temper will be just as little extent it is
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The Month

An Epicurean or a Cynical philosophy ( the latter being but the former turned sour
) must needs form an Epicurean or a Cynical theory of literature . The path which
they prescribe will lead us down a swift descent , and trace literature to a ...

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