Sharon Stanley and David Mazella

Jan 11, 2023

Enlightened Cynicism

Should We Be More Cynical Than We Are?

New Books Network 2017

Trust in government, media, organized religion, businesses and even democracy is at historic lows. But what if the answer to declining faith in institutions isn’t more hope, but more cynicism?


  • Sharon Stanley, Professor of Political Science at the University of Memphis and the author of The French Enlightenment and the Emergence of Modern Cynicism
  • David Mazella, Professor of English at the University of Houston and the author of The Making of Modern Cynicism

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