Myth, Meaning, and Antifragile Individualism


Jordan Peterson has attracted a high level of attention. Controversies may bring people into contact with Peterson’s work, but ideas are arguably what keep them there. Focusing on those ideas, this book explores Peterson’s answers to perennial questions.

What is common to all humans, regardless of their background? Is complete knowledge ever possible? What would constitute a meaningful life? Why have humans evolved the capacity for intelligence? Should one treat others as individuals or as members of a group? Is a single person powerless in the face of evil? What is the relation between speech, thought, and action? Why have religious myths and narratives figured so prominently in human history? Are the hierarchies we find in society good or bad?

After devoting a chapter to each of these questions, Champagne unites the different strands of Peterson’s thinking in a handy summary. Champagne then spends the remaining third of the book articulating his main critical concerns. He argues that while building on tradition is inevitable and indeed desirable, Peterson’s individualist project is hindered by the non-revisable character and self-sacrificial content of religious belief.

This engaging multidisciplinary study is ideal for those who know little about Peterson’s views, or for those who are familiar but want to see more clearly how Peterson’s views hang together. The debates spearheaded by Peterson are in full swing, so Myth, Meaning, and Antifragile Individualism should become a reference point for any serious engagement with Peterson’s ideas.


£14.95 (pbk)

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Jordan Peterson has attracted a high level of attention. Focusing on Peterson’s ideas rather than controversies, this book explores his answers to perennial questions. Champagne unites the different strands of Peterson’s thinking in a handy summary and then articulates his main critical concerns.

£14.95 (pbk)

pp. 200

2 reviews for Myth, Meaning, and Antifragile Individualism

  1. Reason Papers, Sandra Woien, Arizona State University

    “Myth, Meaning, and Antifragile Individualism acts as a helpful aid… [The] book is an excellent starting place for anyone who wants to understand Peterson better, partly because Champagne makes a valiant effort to understand Peterson and partly because of its breadth and clarity.”

  2. Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, Onar Am

    “A thorough academic discussion of Jordan Peterson’s work has been conspicuously absent—until now… Myth, Meaning, and Antifragile Individualism, by Marc Champagne, is written in a well-crafted, straightforward style accessible to the informed layperson… The book is an essential contribution to anyone who wants to better understand Peterson’s ideas and scrutinize them in a rational context.”

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