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Irrationality : a history of the dark side of reason, Justin E.H. Smith

Label
Irrationality : a history of the dark side of reason
Title
Irrationality
Title remainder
a history of the dark side of reason
Statement of responsibility
Justin E.H. Smith
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
It's a story we can't stop telling ourselves. Once, humans were benighted by superstition and irrationality, but then the Greeks invented reason. Later, the Enlightenment enshrined rationality as the supreme value. Discovering that reason is the defining feature of our species, we named ourselves the "rational animal." But is this flattering story itself rational? In this sweeping account of irrationality from antiquity to today--from the fifth-century BC murder of Hippasus for revealing the existence of irrational numbers to the rise of Twitter mobs and the election of Donald Trump--Justin Smith says the evidence suggests the opposite. From sex and music to religion and war, irrationality makes up the greater part of human life and history. Rich and ambitious, Irrationality ranges across philosophy, politics, and current events. Challenging conventional thinking about logic, natural reason, dreams, art and science, pseudoscience, the Enlightenment, the internet, jokes and lies, and death, the book shows how history reveals that any triumph of reason is temporary and reversible, and that rational schemes, notably including many from Silicon Valley, often result in their polar opposite. The problem is that the rational gives birth to the irrational and vice versa in an endless cycle, and any effort to permanently set things in order sooner or later ends in an explosion of unreason. Because of this, it is irrational to try to eliminate irrationality. For better or worse, it is an ineradicable feature of life. Illuminating unreason at a moment when the world appears to have gone mad again, Irrationality is fascinating, provocative, and timely
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Smith, Justin E. H
Dewey number
  • 160
  • 128.33
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
  • BC177
  • B824.2
LC item number
  • .S65 2019
  • .S65 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Practical reason
  • Irrationalism (Philosophy)
  • Irrationalism (Philosophy)
  • Practical reason
Target audience
adult
Label
Irrationality : a history of the dark side of reason, Justin E.H. Smith
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (313-324) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preamble. A mathematician's murder -- Introduction -- The self-devouring octopus; or, logic -- "No-brainers"; or, reason in nature -- The sleep of reason; or, dreams -- Dreams into things; or, art -- "I believe because it is absurd"; or, pseudoscience -- Enlightenment; or, myth -- The human beast; or, the Internet -- Explosions; or, jokes and lies -- The impossible syllogism; or, death -- Conclusion
Control code
1051133820
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 330 pages
Isbn
9780691178677
Lccn
2018953426
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustration
System control number
(OCoLC)1051133820
Label
Irrationality : a history of the dark side of reason, Justin E.H. Smith
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (313-324) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preamble. A mathematician's murder -- Introduction -- The self-devouring octopus; or, logic -- "No-brainers"; or, reason in nature -- The sleep of reason; or, dreams -- Dreams into things; or, art -- "I believe because it is absurd"; or, pseudoscience -- Enlightenment; or, myth -- The human beast; or, the Internet -- Explosions; or, jokes and lies -- The impossible syllogism; or, death -- Conclusion
Control code
1051133820
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 330 pages
Isbn
9780691178677
Lccn
2018953426
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustration
System control number
(OCoLC)1051133820

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