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    DescriptionThe planet is sick. Human beings are guilty of damaging it. We have to pay. Today, that is the orthodoxy throughout the Western world. Distrust of progress and science, calls for individual and collective self-sacrifice to 'save the planet' and cultivation of fear: behind the carbon commissars, a dangerous and counterproductive ecological catastrophism is gaining ground. Modern society's susceptibility to this kind of thinking derives from what Bruckner calls "the seductive attraction of disaster," as exemplified by the popular appeal of disaster movies. But ecological catastrophism is harmful in that it draws attention away from other, more solvable problems and injustices in the world in order to focus on something that is portrayed as an Apocalypse. Rather than preaching catastrophe and pessimism, we need to develop a democratic and generous ecology that addresses specific problems in a practical way.


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    Title
    The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse
    Subtitle
    Save the Earth, Punish Human Beings
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Pascal Bruckner, Translated by Steven Rendall
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 141 mm
    Height: 219 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 406 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780745669762
    ISBN 10: 074566976X
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ENV
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T General Subject: 560
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S8.3
    BIC subject category V2: RNT
    Libri: I-PL
    Ingram Subject Code: PL
    BISAC V2.8: NAT010000
    BIC subject category V2: RNU
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17610
    DC22: 320.5
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 179.1
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A64250000
    BISAC V2.8: POL042000
    DC23: 304.2
    LC classification: GE42 .B7913 2013
    Thema V1.0: RNU, RNT
    Publisher
    Polity Press
    Imprint name
    Polity Press
    Publication date
    20 May 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Pascal Bruckner is the author of many books including The Tyranny of Guilt , Perpetual Euphoria and The Paradox of Love . He writes regularly for Le Nouvel Observateur .
    Review quote
    "As stylistically gratifying as he is intellectually lucid, Bruckner presents a clear alternative to the accepted thought on one of this era's hottest topics." Publishers Weekly "A sizzling new polemic against apocalyptic environmentalism." San Francisco Chronicle "The best tonic for stale science communications I've read in a while." Cool Green Science "Pascal Bruckner is a brilliant writer -- astute, learned, broad-ranging, mordant, sometimes mischievous, and sometimes prophetic. He is one of the handful of writers around the world who define the intellectual history of our time." Paul Berman, author of The Flight of the Intellectuals "With his usual verve and eloquence, in The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse Pascal Bruckner offers a bracing and provocative critique of an ever-more-pervasive and fanatical Green politics and ideology. For Bruckner, the ecological catastrophism the latter promotes constitutes less a salutary call to action than a return to the politics of guilt encouraged by exhausted ideologies, religions, and religious institutions, the Catholic Church in particular. This book will please some and consternate others, but its intelligence and originality make it an important book for our times." Richard Golsan, Texas A&M University "For anyone who has had enough of being harangued for single-handedly destroying the planet for future generations, Pascal Bruckner's new book will come as a welcome breath of fresh and unpolluted air." Normandie
    Table of contents
    Introduction: The Return of Original Sin 1 Part I The Seductive Attraction of Disaster 5 1 Give Me Back My Enemy 7 2 Have the Courage to be Afraid 24 3 Blackmailing Future Generations 49 Part II Progressives Against Progress 69 4 The Last Avatar of Prometheus? 71 5 Nature, a Cruel Stepmother or a Victim? 91 6 Science in the Age of Suspicion 105 Part III The Great Ascetic Regression 133 7 Humanity on a Strict Diet 135 8 The Poverty of Maceration 149 9 The Noble Savage in the Lucerne 162 Epilogue: The Remedy is Found in the Disease 184 Notes 187