By Neven Sesardic

ISBN-10: 1594038791

ISBN-13: 9781594038792

Philosophers often emphasize the significance of common sense, readability and cause. accordingly after they tackle political matters they'll frequently inject a dose of rationality in those discussions, right?

Wrong. This publication supplies loads of examples displaying the unforeseen point of political irrationality between prime modern philosophers. The physique of the ebook offers an in depth research of maximum leftist perspectives of a couple of well-known philosophers and their occasional descent into apology for—and sometimes even lively participation in—totalitarian politics. almost all these episodes are both almost unknown (even contained in the philosophical neighborhood) or have got little or no attention.

The writer attempts to give an explanation for the way it used to be 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 assisting essentially the most murderous political regimes and ideologies. the massive leftist bias in modern philosophy and its endurance through the years is definitely an element however it is much from being the entire story.

Interestingly, the certainly excessive intelligence of those philosophers didn't truly defend 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 career merely made them extra self-confident and not more wary, thereby finally making them unaware of their betrayal of cause and the monstrosity of the reasons they defended.

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