doi:10.3849/1802-7199

DO WE LIVE IN AN ERA OF UNPRECEDENTED PEACE?

Steven Pinker and his Perception in Academic Literature

Vladimír BÍZIK, Zdeněk KŘÍŽ

The article sums up the main ideas of Steven Pinker’s book The Better Angels of our Nature, and introduces main currents of its criticism. The currents are categorized; thereafter the strength of Pinker’s opponents’ arguments is evaluated. The conclusions points towards coherence and sound empirical foundation of the school of thought emphasizing the civilizational downward trend in violence. Recognition of these trends can in turn help determine further steps in mitigating levels of political violence.

Acknowledgements

This article was prepared within the solution of the grant project Methodology of prediction, early warning and prevention of threats arising from regional armed conflicts for the internal security of the Czech Republic (VI20172020094, Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic).

Keywords

Pacification; War; Peace; Human Nature.


Title in English:

DO WE LIVE IN AN ERA OF UNPRECEDENTED PEACE?
Steven Pinker and his Perception in Academic Literature

Title in Czech:

ŽIJEME V DOBĚ BEZPRECEDENTNÍHO MÍRU?
Steven Pinker a jeho percepce v odborné literatuře

Type:

Article

Author(s):

Vladimír BÍZIK, Zdeněk KŘÍŽ

Language:

Czech

Abstract:

English/Czech

Journal:

Obrana a strategie

Publisher:

University of Defence

ISSN:

ISSN 1214-6463 (print) and ISSN 1802-7199 (on-line)

DOI:

10.3849/1802-7199.20.2020.01.057-070

Issue:

Volume 20, Number 1 (June 2020)

Pages:

057-070

Received:

13.03.2020

Accepted:

09.04.2020

Published online:

15.06.2020

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