The Resource Irrationality : A History of the Dark Side of Reason, Justin E. H. Smith

Irrationality : A History of the Dark Side of Reason, Justin E. H. Smith

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Irrationality : A History of the Dark Side of Reason
Title
Irrationality
Title remainder
A History of the Dark Side of Reason
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Justin E. H. Smith
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  • eng
  • eng
Summary
A fascinating history that reveals the ways in which the pursuit of rationality often leads to an explosion of irrationalityIt’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
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DE-B1597
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Smith, Justin E. H
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other
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B824.2
LC item number
.S65 2019eb
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dictionaries
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De Gruyter
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  • Irrationalism (Philosophy)
  • Practical reason
  • PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy
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specialized
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Irrationality : A History of the Dark Side of Reason, Justin E. H. Smith
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online resource
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text
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Contents
  • CHAPTER FIVE. “I believe because it is absurd”; or, Pseudoscience
  • CHAPTER SIX. Enlightenment; or, Myth
  • CHAPTER SEVEN. The Human Beast; or, the Internet
  • CHAPTER EIGHT. Explosions; or, Jokes and Lies
  • CHAPTER NINE. The Impossible Syllogism; or, Death
  • Conclusion
  • ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  • NOTES
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY
  • INDEX
  • Frontmatter
  • CONTENTS
  • PREAMBLE. A Mathematician’s Murder
  • Introduction
  • CHAPTER ONE. The Self- Devouring Octopus; or, Logic
  • CHAPTER TWO. “No- Brainers”; or, Reason in Nature
  • CHAPTER THREE. The Sleep of Reason; or, Dreams
  • CHAPTER FOUR. Dreams into Things; or, Art
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1 online resource
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online
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9780691189666
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computer
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rdamedia
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c
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10.1515/9780691189666
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1 b/w illus.
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remote
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  • (DE-B1597)528422
  • (DE-B1597)9780691189666
Label
Irrationality : A History of the Dark Side of Reason, Justin E. H. Smith
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • CHAPTER FIVE. “I believe because it is absurd”; or, Pseudoscience
  • CHAPTER SIX. Enlightenment; or, Myth
  • CHAPTER SEVEN. The Human Beast; or, the Internet
  • CHAPTER EIGHT. Explosions; or, Jokes and Lies
  • CHAPTER NINE. The Impossible Syllogism; or, Death
  • Conclusion
  • ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  • NOTES
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY
  • INDEX
  • Frontmatter
  • CONTENTS
  • PREAMBLE. A Mathematician’s Murder
  • Introduction
  • CHAPTER ONE. The Self- Devouring Octopus; or, Logic
  • CHAPTER TWO. “No- Brainers”; or, Reason in Nature
  • CHAPTER THREE. The Sleep of Reason; or, Dreams
  • CHAPTER FOUR. Dreams into Things; or, Art
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780691189666
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.1515/9780691189666
Other physical details
1 b/w illus.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (DE-B1597)528422
  • (DE-B1597)9780691189666

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