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Book:Nervous states : democracy and the decline of reason / William Davies.:2020. Book Nervous states : democracy and the decline of reason / William Davies.
Nervous states : democracy and the decline of reason / William Davies.
Author: Davies, William 1976-
Publication year: 2020.
Language: English
Call Number JA74.5 .D39 2020
Media class: Book
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : W.W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393357945 9780393357943
Notes:
Originally published: London : Jonathan Cape, 2018.
"Originally published in Great Britain under the title: Nervous states : How feeling took over world" -- Title page verso.
Extent: xviii, 252 pages ; 21 cm
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"In this bold and far-reaching book, political economist William Davies offers a thrilling new framework to understand the fractious and warlike nature of contemporary society. Drawing from philosophy, history, and astute political analysis, Nervous States argues that spreading media technology has reduced a world of logic and reason into one driven by emotions, particularly fear and anxiety. Our increasing reliance on feeling over fact has transformed democracies, hobbled trust in experts, and provoked our society into a war over the truth. Nervous States "sits at the intersection of ongoing debates about post-truth, the assault on reason, the privileging of personal feelings and the rise of populism." (Julian Baggini, Financial Times). It provides an essential guide to the turbulent times in which we now live and an unexpected avenue through which we might rebuild trust in experts and facts." -- Back cover.
Introduction -- Part 1: The decline of reason. Democracy of feeling -- Knowledge for peace -- Progress in question -- The body politic. -- Part 2: The rise of feeling. Knowledge for war -- Guessing games -- War of words -- Between war and peace.

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