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Robert Laffont
EAN : 9782221243220
Shaping : BROCHE
Pages : 240
Size : 1 x 215 mm
Novelty
The Return of Intellectual Self-Defense

Release date : 03/09/2020
After the success of her Intellectual Self-Defense Manual, Sophie Mazet, ever faithful to her method, is interested in the words that are invading public discourse without us really knowing what they mean. A funny, yet pertinent work for those who wish to see critical thinking restored to a place of pride and want efficient ways to fight propaganda, fake news, shortcuts and amalgamations of all sorts.
“Democratorship,” “speciesism,” “flexitarian,” “feminazi,” “intersectionality,” “flat Earth,” “racialize”—whether it concerns politics, the environment, health, societal issues, or the media, it’s impossible to escape these new, exotic-sounding terms whose meanings are often rather enigmatic. Our Twitter and Instagram feeds are overflowing with these new concepts, now regularly used in public discourse.... “Democratorship,” “speciesism,” “flexitarian,” “feminazi,” “intersectionality,” “flat Earth,” “racialize”—whether it concerns politics, the environment, health, societal issues, or the media, it’s impossible to escape these new, exotic-sounding terms whose meanings are often rather enigmatic. Our Twitter and Instagram feeds are overflowing with these new concepts, now regularly used in public discourse. But what do they really mean? What do they teach us about the people who use them and our styles of debate? What are they hiding? And above all, what do they tell us about the state of society? From neologisms and portmanteaus to reinterpreted phrases, the meaning and usage of these words are begging to be analyzed and defined—deciphered, even—with care, precision, and objectivity. The goal and approach of this book are essentially the same as A Manual for Intellectual Self-Defense: Sharpening Your Critical Thinking. There is a touch of humor as well, because it can be helpful to laugh at scatterbrained and unbelievable notions like a flat Earth, the conspiracy theory that claims that the earth is flat, or “biodynamic agriculture,” which mixes superstition and astrology to produce wine. This work is a must for anyone who wishes to form a free, rigorously informed opinion for themselves in this current age, where opinions are placed on the same level as facts.
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EAN : 9782221243220
Shaping : BROCHE
Pages : 240
Size : 1 x 215 mm
Robert Laffont