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Better Angels of Our Nature

ISBN-10: 0143122010
ISBN-13: 9780143122012
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Authors: Steven Pinker
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List price: $20.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/25/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 832
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.70" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

Steven Arthur Pinker (born September 18, 1954) is a Canadian-born U.S. experimental psychologist, cognitive scientist, linguist, and popular science author. He is a Harvard College Professor and the Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. Pinker is the author of several non-fiction bestsellers including: The Language Instinct (1994), How the Mind Works (1997), Words and Rules (2000), The Blank Slate (2002), and The Stuff of Thought (2007). and The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century. Pinker was named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world in 2004 and one of Prospect and Foreign Policy's 100 top public intellectuals in both years the poll was carried out, 2005 and 2008; in 2010 and 2011 he was named by Foreign Policy magazine to its list of top global thinkers. His research in cognitive psychology has won the Early Career Award (1984) and Boyd McCandless Award (1986) from the American Psychological Association, the Troland Research Award (1993) from the National Academy of Sciences, the Henry Dale Prize (2004) from the Royal Institution of Great Britain, and the George Miller Prize (2010) from the Cognitive Neuroscience Society. He has also received honorary doctorates from the universities of Newcastle, Surrey, Tel Aviv, McGill, and the University of Troms�, Norway. He was twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, in 1998 and in 2003. On May 13, 2006, he received the American Humanist Association's Humanist of the Year award for his contributions to public understanding of human evolution.

List of Figures
Preface
A Foreign Country
Human Prehistory
Homeric Greece
The Hebrew Bible
The Roman Empire and Early Christendom
Medieval Knights
Early Modern Europe
Honor in Europe and the Early United States
The 20th Century
The Pacification Process
The Logic of Violence
Violence in Human Ancestors
Kinds of Human Societies
Rates of Violence in State and Nonstate Societies
Civilization and Its Discontents
The Civilizing Process
The European Homicide Decline
Explaining the European Homicide Decline
Violence and Class
Violence Around the World
Violence in These United States
Decivilization in the 1960s
Recivilization in the 1990s
The Humanitarian Revolution
Superstitious Killing: Human Sacrifice, Witchcraft, and Blood Libel
Superstitious Killing: Violence Against Blasphemers, Heretics, and Apostates
Cruel and Unusual Punishments
Capital Punishment
Slavery
Despotism and Political Violence
Major War
Whence the Humanitarian Revolution?
The Rise of Empathy and the Regard for Human Life
The Republic of Letters and Enlightenment Humanism
Civilization and Enlightenment
Blood and Soil
The Long Peace
Statistics and Narratives
Was the 20th Century Really the Worst?
The Statistics of Deadly Quarrels, Part 1: The Timings of Wars
The Statistics of Deadly Quarrels, Part 2: The Magnitude of Wars
The Trajectory of Great Power War
The Trajectory of European War
The Hobbesian Background and the Ages of Dynasties and Religions
Three Currents in the Age of Sovereignty
Counter-Enlightenment Ideologies and the Age of Nationalism
Humanism and Totalitarianism in the Age of Ideology
The Long Peace: Some Numbers
The Long Peace: Attitudes and Events
Is the Long Peace a Nuclear Peace?
Is the Long Peace a Democratic Peace?
Is the Long Peace a Liberal Peace?
Is the Long Peace a Kantian Peace?
The New Peace
The Trajectory of War in the Rest of the World
The Trajectory of Genocide
The Trajectory of Terrorism
Where Angels Fear to Tread
The Rights Revolutions
Civil Rights and the Decline of Lynching and Racial Pogroms
Women's Rights and the Decline of Rape and Battering
Children's Rights and the Decline of Infanticide, Spanking, Child Abuse, and Bullying
Gay Rights, the Decline of Gay-Bashing, and the Decriminalization of Homosexuality
Animal Rights and the Decline of Cruelty to Animals
Whence the Rights Revolutions?
From History to Psychology
Inner Demons
The Dark Side
The Moralization Gap and the Myth of Pure Evil
Organs of Violence
Predation
Dominance
Revenge
Sadism
Ideology
Pure Evil, Inner Demons, and the Decline of Violence
Better Angels
Empathy
Self-Control
Recent Biological Evolution?
Morality and Taboo
Reason
On Angels' Wings
Important but Inconsistent
The Pacifist's Dilemma
The Leviathan
Gentle Commerce
Feminization
The Expanding Circle
The Escalator of Reason
Reflections
Notes
References
Index

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