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

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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.

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Buy now to get key insights from Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay's Cynical Theories. Sample Insights 1) The right is trying to preserve outdated Western values, while the left is advocating for a more ordered world based on their more global values. The problem is that they have become too authoritarian in the sense that they completely reject any values that slightly clash with theirs. 2) The progressive left has aligned itself with postmodernism, which rejects objective truth as a fantasy dreamed up by naive and bigoted Enlightenment thinkers who underestimated the collateral consequences of modernity's progress.

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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The Political Economy of Regulation

Cynicism and Credulity in Explaining Regulation * Bruce M . Owen * * Salop ,
Scheffman and Schwartz - definitely the ... The first theory – let us call it the "
cynical " theory , just to add color – is that regulation is supplied by the public
sector in ...

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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 ...

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Socialism as a Secular Creed

Mari J. Matsuda and others, “Introduction,” in Words That Wound: Critical Race
Theory, Assaultive Speech, and the First Amendment, ed. Mari J. Matsuda and ...
Pluckrose and Lindsay, Cynical Theories, 123–127, 138. 54. Jordan Peterson ...

Author: Andrei A Znamenski

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This book provides a historical overview of socialism as a modern political religion. Taking a global history approach, the author explores the varieties of the socialist experience, including Marxism, anarchism, Soviet communism, German national socialism, Maoism, Israeli kibbutzim, Tanzanian ujamaa, and the cultural woke left in the West.

Of high degree

Yet this was one of his cynical theories — a theory which experience had made
one of his firmest convictions . It is remarkable , ' he said to a friend who had been
complaining of a fair one ' s falsehood , “ it is remarkable how often clever men ...

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The Red Dragon

Yet this was one of his cynical theories - a theory which experience had made
one of his firmest convictions . “ It is remarkable , ” he said to a friend who had
been complaining of a fair one ' s falsehood , “ it is remarkable how often clever
men ...

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The Dublin Review

... the theory of angelic intelligences , 419 ; fallacy respecting Descartes , 420 ; on
the action and reflex action of material ... believers in revelation , 450 ; most of the
modern votaries of science are only anxious about their own cynical theories ...

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The Dublin Review

... the theory of angelic intelligences , 419 ; fallacy respecting Descartes , 420 ; on
the action and reflex action of material ... believers in revelation , 450 ; most of the
modern votaries of science are only anxious about their own cynical theories ...

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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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The American Catholic Quarterly Review

They are really solicitous — not like Kepler , Leibnitz , and Newton , about truth -
but only about their own cynical theories and profane assumptions . Their
strongest passion is not love of science , but hatred of religion . This is what
Professor ...

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American Educational Monthly

... legitimate causes of divorce , based on the conflict of human nature with its
own ideal of love , that repulsive scale which a merciless system of mediæval law
has established by wedding the cynical theories of pagan The Sons of Pestalozzi
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The New York Teacher and the American Educational Monthly

æval law has established by wedding the cynical theories of pagan antiquity with
the curious results of the Roman confessional . The lady , who was again fully
screened by her veil , listened in breathless silence . She had not lost a word .

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The American Catholic Quarterly Review

... Leibnitz, and Newton, about truth—but only about their own cynical theories
and profane assumptions. Their strongest passion is not love of science, but
hatred of religion. This is what Professor Huxley and his school have in view
when he ...

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The New World

The writer whose influence on his readers narrows their vision , chills their
enthusiasm , overshadows their outlook , and pulverizes their hopes with
belittling estimates and cynical theories , is unworthy to write and unfit to be read .

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Includes section "Book reviews."

Sappho

She refrained no longer from smoking now , rolling in her fingers , leaving about
on all the furniture , the eternal cigarette which beguiles the prostitute ' s day ; and
in their discussions she expressed the most cynical theories on life , the ...

Author: Alphonse Daudet

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Category: French fiction

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The Price She Paid

He had as many half - playfully - expressed cynical theories as Georgia , but they
went no deeper than hers , and in one particular he was more honest than she :
he always declared himself capable of a love that would be lasting , and only ...

Author: Frank Lee Benedict

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Category: American fiction

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