Irrationality : A History of the Dark Side of Reason
Smith, Justin E. H.
Princeton Univ Pr 2020/12
Choice Reviews 2019 August
With a new preface by the author. New in paperback. Hardcover was published in 2019. 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 ranges across philosophy, politics, and current events.
From sex and music to religion and politics, a history of irrationality and the ways in which it has always been with us-and always will be In this sweeping account of irrationality from antiquity to the rise of Twitter mobs and the election of Donald Trump, Justin Smith argues that irrationality makes up the greater part of human life and history. Ranging across philosophy, politics, and current events, he shows that, throughout history, every triumph of reason has been temporary and reversible, and that rational schemes often result in their polar opposite. Illuminating unreason at a moment when the world appears to have gone mad again, Irrationality is timely, provocative, and fascinating.