Introduction: "The inspiration for this book, Sir Thomas Browne's Pseudodoxia Epidemica, or "Vulgar Errors" as it was more commonly known, appeared in 1646, midway through the century that, literary historian Douglas Bush suggests, started more than half medieval and ended up more than half modern."
Text: "We in the West have an unshakable faith in the power of knowledge to solve any and every problem that besets us."
"And with that ability to detect and expose error and cant and "Prejudice and Prescription," we will possess the most important freedom of all -- the freedom of our minds, our intellectual autonomy that allows us to confront the hard choices and make the hard decisions that are the responsibility of every citizen in a democracy."
A stirring and sobering diagnosis of the challenges that confront anyone laboring to renew America's tradition of ordered liberty. Classicist Bruce Thornton's Plagues of the Mind is a forceful vindication of the West's tradition of rational, critical inquiry-a legacy now largely jettisoned in favor of a host of new deities, environmentalism, feminism, primitivism, New Age, and the cult of the therapeutic among them.… (more)