The premise of Darkened Enlightenment is to highlight the fact that there currently exist a number of socio-political forces that have the design, or ultimate consequence, of trying to extinguish the light of reason and rationality.
The book presents a critique of modernity and provides a socio-political and cultural analysis of world society in the early twenty-first century. Specifically, this analysis examines the deterioration of democracy, human rights, and rational thought. Key features include a combination of academic analysis that draws on numerous and specific examples of the growing darkness that surrounds us along with a balanced practical, everyday-life approach to the study of the socio-political world we live in through the use of popular culture references and featured boxes.
The general audience will also be intrigued by these same topics that concern academics including: a discussion on the meaning of "fake news"; attacks on the media and a declaration of the news media as the "enemy of the people"; the rise of populism and nationalism around the world; the deterioration of freedom and human rights globally; the growing economic disparity between the rich and the poor; attempts to devalue education; a growing disbelief in science; attacks on the environment; pseudoscience as a by-product of unreasoned and irrational thinking; the political swamp; the power elites and the deep state; and the variations of Big Business that impact our daily lives. This book will make a great contribution to such fields as sociology, philosophy, political science, environmental science, public administration, economics, psychology, and cultural studies.
Table of Contents
1. Enlightened Rational Thought
2. The Darkness that Surrounds Us: The Deterioration of Democracy and Human Rights
3. The Darkness that Surrounds Us: Unenlightened and Irrational Thinking
4. A Flooded Swamp
5. Will the Light of Rational Thought Chase Away the Darkness?
Tim Delaney is a Professor and Department Chair of Sociology at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego. Among his most recent book publications are Common Sense as a Paradigm of Thought (2019) and Social Deviance (2017).