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Nervous States – Democracy and the Decline of Reason Hardcover – 26 Feb 2019

ISBN-13: 978-0393635386 ISBN-10: 0393635384 Edition: 1st

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A call for action.

An insightful and well-written book that explores the deep roots of the current crisis of expertise. The scientific community has been founded on the basis of separating reason from feeling. But now science itself has exposed this separation as an untenable myth. So where do we go from here?--Yuval Noah Harari, New York Times best-selling author of Sapiens

Engrossing...Davies is a lively writer.--Alan Ryan

William Davies brilliantly explains that we can no longer sensibly look for hope in ever more technological achievements, especially those that subjugate nature to our will. As our times slow down we must confront our fears, our pain and our resentment. We have to redefine hope.--Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at Oxford University and author of A Better Politics

[A]n absorbing book fizzing with ideas.... Davies is a wonderfully alert and nimble guide and his absorbing and edgy book will help us feel our way to a better future.--Suzanne Moore

[An] interdisciplinary masterpiece.

Sits at the intersection of ongoing debates about post-truth, the assault on reason, the privileging of personal feelings and the rise of populism. ... [Davies] makes a compelling case for paying more attention to the role of feelings, alongside that of reason, in modern life.--Julian Baggini

A fresh, astute examination of current events and urgent challenges.

[W]ide-ranging yet brilliantly astute...Davies is a wild and surprising thinker who also happens to be an elegant writer -- a wonderful and eminently readable combination. .... bring[s] to mind the roving approach of Marshall McLuhan or Bruno Latour.--Jennifer Szalai

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William Davies is a political economist at Goldsmiths, University of London, the author of Nervous States and The Happiness Industry, among other books, and a contributor to publications including the Atlantic and the New York Times. He lives in London.

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