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Critical Mass free pdf Are there any "laws of nature" that influence the ways in which humans behave and organize themselves? In the seventeenth century, tired of the civil war ravaging England, Thomas Hobbes decided that he would work out what kind of government was needed for a stable society. His approach was based not on utopian wishful thinking but rather on Galileo's mechanics to construct a theory of government from first principles. His solution is unappealing to today's society, yet Hobbes had sparked a new way of thinking about human behavior in looking for the "scientific" rules of society. Adam Smith, Immanuel Kant, Auguste Comte, and John Stuart Mill pursued this idea from different political perspectives. Little by little, however, social and political philosophy abandoned a "scientific" approach. Today, physics is enjoying a revival in the social, political and economic sciences. Ball shows how much we can understand of human behavior when we cease to try to predict and analyze the behavior of individuals and instead look to the impact of individual decisions-whether in circumstances of cooperation or conflict-can have on our laws, institutions and customs. Lively and compelling, "Critical Mass" is the first book to bring these new ideas together and to show how they fit within the broader historical context of a rational search for better ways to live.

About Philip Ball

Philip Ball is the author of, most recently, "Bright Earth: Art and the Invention of Color" (FSG, 2002), which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He lives in London with his wife.

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Author : Philip Ball
Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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ISBN : 1466806834
EAN : 9781466806832
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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