The Science of Liberty

The Science of Liberty : Democracy, Reason, and the Laws of Nature

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In his most powerful book to date, award-winning author TimothyFerris makes a passionate case for scienceas the inspiration behind the rise of liberalismand democracy. Ferris showshow science was integral to the AmericanRevolution but misinterpreted inthe French Revolution; reflects on thehistory of liberalism, stressing its widelyunderestimated and mutually beneficialrelationship with science; and surveysthe forces that have opposed scienceand liberalism--from communism andfascism to postmodernism and Islamicfundamentalism. A sweeping intellectualhistory, The Science of Liberty is a stunninglyoriginal work that transcends theantiquated concepts of left and right.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 30.48mm | 453.59g
  • New York, NY, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0060781513
  • 9780060781514
  • 918,121

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Unfashionably optimistic. . . . Ferris provides irrefutable evidence that, despite the tragedies of war and terrorism, there has been astounding progress in both the living standards and the degree of personal freedom enjoyed by the majority of the human race. --"The Financial Times""
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