Peterson, Jordan B. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. Toronto: Random House Canada, 2018.
Jordan Peterson’s name seems to be everywhere. Whether it’s the now famous Channel 4 interview or the plethora of online videos and interviews, he’s a hit with people, particularly young men. He also influences people—in some case changing people’s lives. To some, he’s a messenger of salvation, giving hope to the hopeless.
His influence doesn’t seem to be waning. According to David Brooks, Jordan Peterson might be “the most influential public intellectual in the Western world.” And his book, 12 Rules for Life, is selling like free candy given to children. It tops the best-seller lists of Amazon (at this moment, it’s #1 for Amazon USA and Canada and #3 for Amazon UK).
So, what’s my verdict of 12 Rules for Life? In short, it’s a good book but not a perfect book. So, read it, learn from it, but criticize it. And I suspect Peterson would be okay with this judgment. In fact, I would wager that he would encourage such a reception of his book. [Read more…] about Review of 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson