Enemies of Hope: A Critique of Contemporary Pessimism
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Enemies of Hope: A Critique of Contemporary Pessimism

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Perceptive, passionate, and often controversial, Raymond Tallis's latest debunking of Kulturkritik delves into a host of ethical and philosophical issues central to contemporary thought, raising questions we cannot afford to ignore. After reading Enemies of Hope, those minded to misrepresent mankind in ways that are almost routine among humanist intellectuals may be inclin...more
Paperback, 516 pages
Published October 15th 1999 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published 1997)
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Enemies of Hope is an engaging, energetic critique of the postmodernist world view. Tallis shows that there are important grains of truth in postmodernism, but that the conclusions postmodernist thinkers draw from these truths are wildly exaggerated. Tallis clarified many issued for me. He ends the book with a convincing presentation of how enlightenment ideals should be recast to take into account the valid concerns of postmodernism. An outstanding work.
Jim Coughenour
An exhausting romp for the philosophically-inclined, offering a contemporary defense of the Enlightenment impulse.

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