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There is much history here, but Humanity is fundamentally a book of philosophy. In his first chapter, for instance, Glover announces his goal "to replace the thin, mechanical psychology of the Enlightenment with something more complex, something closer to reality." But he also seeks "to defend the Enlightenment hope of a world that is more peaceful and more humane, the hope that by understanding more about ourselves we can do something to create a world with less misery." The result is an odd combination of darkness and light--darkness because the subject matter of the 20th century's moral failings is so bleak, light because of Glover's earnest optimism, which insists that "keeping the past alive may help to prevent atrocities." He cites Stalin's bracing comment, made while signing death warrants: "Who's going to remember all this riff-raff in ten or twenty years' time? No one." At one level, Humanity is a book of remembrance. But it's more than that: it's also an attempt to understand what it is in the human mind that makes moral disaster always loom--and a prayer that this aspect of our psychology might be better controlled. --John J. Miller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
this book was in perfect condition and was a very good read. I would definitely recommend it to a friendPublished on March 3, 2013 by Kelsey
This book left me inspired and something horrified and embarrassed. His factual accounts of the horrendous acts carried out on mankind throughout the 20th century are fascinating... Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by Keilyn
I gave it 5 stars and 'Love it' came up. I don't love the notion or the theory/outcome, but the conceptualization is mandatory for any person who still believes in free society. Read morePublished on February 12, 2013 by Wendy Sue
This book is amazing. It is so sad to know the suffering of so many people either in other countries or here in America, and even sadder to know it is due to tradition or religion... Read morePublished on November 13, 2012 by Gabriela Mistral
I had to read this book about two semesters ago in my Human Right and Democracy class, not knowing what to expect from this book I was completely and utterly baffled as to what I... Read morePublished on April 26, 2012 by Jaarthur
"Humanity" is an engrossing exercise in empirical ethics. It identifies the moral attitudes and psychological conditions that made possible some of the standout horrors of the... Read morePublished on November 18, 2011 by not me
Those who do not understand this book lack the brain power. It is not the author's fault that his words may fall on the ears of fools.Published on December 16, 2010 by Kenneth S. Warren
Why do philosophers have to muck around in other disciplines that they are not qualified to examine? Read morePublished on February 20, 2009 by Amazon Customer