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Ten Lies that Made the West

Subhadra Das


Some things are a given. The value of a good education. Time's progress. Death.

Except most of the ideas that form Western Civilisation are just that - ideas. Taking cues from Greek philosophy and honed in the Enlightenment, certain notions about humanity and human society grew into the tenets we live by, and we haven't questioned them a great deal since. But isn't it time we asked who really benefits from the values at the core of our society? How much truth lies in a science that conjured up 'race'? Who do laws and nations really protect? Why does it feel like time is money? What even is 'art'?

And the real question - is the West really as 'civilised' as it thinks it is?

This book will put everything back on the table and ask readers to reconsider what they thought they knew about civilisation. Taking 10 core values of Western Civilisation in turn, it will examine the root of the idea, how it developed, and how it's impacted the way we live. Most importantly it will reveal how each of these ideas was either created in opposition to another group of people, or based on ideas they had first (and better).

Uncivilised will ask readers to open their eyes to the why behind how they think the world works.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Binding: Paperback
Publication date: 08 Feb 2024
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 135 mm
ISBN: 9781399704366

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