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Nervous states : democracy and the decline of reason, William Davies

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Nervous states : democracy and the decline of reason
Title
Nervous states
Title remainder
democracy and the decline of reason
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William Davies
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Language
eng
Summary
  • In this age of intense political conflict, we sense objective fact is growing less important. Experts are attacked as partisan, statistics and scientific findings are decried as propaganda, and public debate devolves into personal assaults. How did we get here, and what can we do about it? In this sweeping and provocative work, political economist William Davies draws on a four-hundred-year history of ideas to reframe our understanding of the contemporary world. He argues that global trends decades and even centuries in the making have reduced a world of logic and fact into one driven by emotions--particularly fear and anxiety. This has ushered in an age of "nervous states," both in our individual bodies and our body politic. Eloquently tracing the history of accounting, statistics, science, and human anatomy from the Enlightenment to the present, Davies shows how we invented expertise in the seventeenth century to calm the violent disputes--over God and the nature of reality--that ravaged Europe. By separating truth from emotion, scientific, testable facts paved a way out of constant warfare and established a basis for consensus, which became the bedrock of modern politics, business, and democracy. Informed by research on psychology and economics, Davies reveals how widespread feelings of fear, vulnerability, physical and psychological pain, and growing inequality reshaped our politics, upending these centuries-old ideals of how we understand the world and organize society. Yet Davies suggests that the rise of emotion may open new possibilities for confronting humanity's greatest challenges. Ambitious and compelling, Nervous States is a perceptive and enduring account of our turbulent times
  • "In this sweeping and provocative work, political economist William Davies draws on a four-hundred-year history of ideas to reframe our understanding of the contemporary world. He argues that global trends decades and even centuries in the making have reduced a world of logic and fact into one driven by emotions--particularly fear and anxiety. This has ushered in an age of "nervous states," both in our individual bodies and our body politic. Eloquently tracing the history of accounting, statistics, science, and human anatomy from the Enlightenment to the present, Davies shows how we invented expertise in the seventeenth century to calm the violent disputes--over God and the nature of reality--that ravaged Europe. By separating truth from emotion, scientific, testable facts paved a way out of constant warfare and established a basis for consensus, which became the bedrock of modern politics, business, and democracy. Informed by research on psychology and economics, Davies reveals how widespread feelings of fear, vulnerability, physical and psychological pain, and growing inequality reshaped our politics, upending these centuries-old ideals of how we understand the world and organize society. Yet Davies suggests that the rise of emotion may open new possibilities for confronting humanity's greatest challenges. Ambitious and compelling, Nervous States is a perceptive and enduring account of our turbulent times."--Jacket
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DLC
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1976-
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Davies, William
Dewey number
320.01/9
Index
index present
LC call number
JA74.5
LC item number
.D39 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Emotions
  • Communication in politics
  • Democracy
  • Political psychology
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • PSYCHOLOGY
  • Democracy
  • Emotions
  • Political psychology
  • Demokratie
  • Gefühl
  • Rationalität
  • Weltgesellschaft
  • Weltpolitik
  • Angst
  • Emotions
  • Politics
  • Democracy
  • Political psychology
  • Political science
  • Political science
  • Political science
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Nervous states : democracy and the decline of reason, William Davies
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Originally published: London : Jonathan Cape, 2018, under the title: Nervous states : how feeling took over the world
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Part one: The decline of reason. Democracy of feeling ; Knowledge for peace ; Progress in question ; The body politic -- Part two: The rise of feeling. Knowledge for war ; Guessing games ; War of words ; Between war and peace
Control code
1037808432
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
xviii, 252 pages
Isbn
9780393635386
Lccn
2018049347
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1037808432
Label
Nervous states : democracy and the decline of reason, William Davies
Publication
Copyright
Note
Originally published: London : Jonathan Cape, 2018, under the title: Nervous states : how feeling took over the world
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references 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
Part one: The decline of reason. Democracy of feeling ; Knowledge for peace ; Progress in question ; The body politic -- Part two: The rise of feeling. Knowledge for war ; Guessing games ; War of words ; Between war and peace
Control code
1037808432
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
xviii, 252 pages
Isbn
9780393635386
Lccn
2018049347
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1037808432

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