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Lord of the Flies real-life story shows how humans are hard-wired to help each other – philosopher

Fiction is a powerful force in shaping social understanding and, in the 20th century, a number of novels shaped philosophical discourse and influenced the way people think about the world.

One of the most important was William Golding’s Lord of the Flies (1954), in which a group of young schoolboys marooned on a desert island turn savagely on each other.

  • Vittorio Bufacchi
  • The Conversation

It is a novel that makes us despair for the human condition.

But a new book by Dutch historian Rutger Bregman, Humankind, argues that humans are…

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