Joseph Heath wins the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

Published: March 16, 2015

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On Wednesday March 11 2016, Professor Joseph Heath has won a prize for his book Enlightenment 2.0: Restoring Sanity to Our Politics, Our Economy, and our lives. 

Heath’s winning book, Enlightenment 2.0, argues for a return to the ideals of a time where rationality was the ultimate trump card of political discourse, and against the catchy sloganeering and ‘truthiness’ of contemporary politics.

The jury – composed of Ottawa author Denise Chong, Globe and Mail Queen’s Park reporter Jane Taber and Ottawa Citizen columnist Terry Glavin – praised Heath’s book as “a magisterial survey of the shambles that remains of the Enlightenment’s great promise” and “an important work of serious philosophy that is at the same time lively, lucid, engaging, and entertainment.”

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