William Davies, Nervous States: How Feeling Took Over the World – forthcoming in September 2018 with Penguin

cover.jpg.rendition.460.707William Davies, Nervous States: How Feeling Took Over the World

In this age of emotional political conflict, there is less and less to agree upon. Experts are no longer respected as impartial; public debate is reduced to attack and counter-attack; the boundary between facts and propaganda seems to be dissolving. We live in a world not quite at war but nor exactly at peace.

How did things reach this point, and what can we do about it? In this enlightening, far-reaching and provocative book, William Davies explores how physical and emotional feeling came to reshape our world today, destabilising governments and placing us all on high-alert. Drawing on a 400-year history of scientific and political ideas, he shows how our sensations were once treated with suspicion, before being seized enthusiastically as a path to mass mobilisation in war.

As we enter a new technological and political era, this book reveals the origins of the nervous states in which we now live.

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One Response to William Davies, Nervous States: How Feeling Took Over the World – forthcoming in September 2018 with Penguin

  1. dmf says:

    yet another version of the Fall?

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