What pinker leaves out

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The Better Angels of Our Nature is severely compromised by an overly narrow conception of human violence, a cramped statistical source base, and ideologically predetermined interpretations. Despite its aspirations to comprehensive coverage, the work singularly fails to incorporate violence of a colonial, or indigenous, or environmental, or biological, or technological nature. Ultimately, Pinker’s lengthy, attention-grabbing tome is most noteworthy for what it leaves out.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)128-139
Number of pages12
JournalHistorical Reflections
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2018


  • Animals
  • Colonialism
  • Indigenous
  • Nuclear weapons
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History

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