When Reason Goes on Holiday: Philosophers in Politics by Neven Sesardic

By Neven Sesardic

Philosophers frequently emphasize the significance of good judgment, readability and cause. for this reason once they tackle political concerns they're going to often inject a dose of rationality in those discussions, right?

Wrong. This booklet offers loads of examples exhibiting the unforeseen point of political irrationality between major modern philosophers. The physique of the ebook provides a close research of maximum leftist perspectives of a few recognized philosophers and their occasional descent into apology for—and sometimes even energetic participation in—totalitarian politics. almost all these episodes are both nearly unknown (even contained in the philosophical group) or have bought little or no attention.

The writer attempts to give an explanation for the way it was once attainable that such a lot of luminaries of twentieth-century philosophy, who invoked cause and exhibited rigor and cautious considering of their specialist paintings, succumbed to irrationality and ended up helping essentially the most murderous political regimes and ideologies. the massive leftist bias in modern philosophy and its patience through the years is unquestionably an element however it is much from being the total story.

Interestingly, the without a doubt excessive intelligence of those philosophers didn't really guard them from descending into political madness. it truly is argued that, to the contrary, either their brilliance and the excessive esteem they loved within the occupation simply made them extra self-confident and no more wary, thereby finally making them ignorant of their betrayal of cause and the monstrosity of the factors they defended.

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