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Conscientious Thinking

Making Sense in an Age of Idiot Savants

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Conscientious Thinking by David Bosworth
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In Conscientious Thinking, David Bosworth cuts through all the noise of today's political dysfunction and cultural wars to sound the deeper causes of our discontent. Americans are living, he argues, in a profoundly transitional era, one in which the commonsense beliefs of the first truly modern society are being undermined by the still crude but irreversible forces set loose by technology's drastic revision of our everyday lives. He shows how this disruptive conflict between modern and post-modern modes of reasoning can be found in all advanced fields, including art, medicine, and science, and then traces its impact on our daily actions through such changes as the ways in which friends relate, money is made, crimes are committed, and mates are chosen.Just as feudal values had to give way to a modern worldview that more effectively contained the new social reality generated by the printed book, so must our democracy reimagine itself in ways that can domesticate-civilize rather than merely "monetize"-a post-modern scene radically transformed by our digital machines. To that end, Conscientious Thinking supplies not only the means to make sense of our contentious times but also a provisional sketch of what a desirable post-modern America might look like.

Author Biography

DAVID BOSWORTH's fiction, poetry, and literary and cultural essays have been published in numerous journals, including The Georgia Review, AGNI Review, Salmagundi, Ploughshares, and Raritan. He is the author of The Demise of Virtue in Virtual America: The Moral Origins of the Great Recession, The Death of Descartes, and From My Father, Singing. A resident of Seattle, Bosworth is a professor in, and the former director of, the University of Washington's creative writing program.
Release date Australia
January 30th, 2017
Contributor
Series edited by Stephen Corey
Pages
272
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
University of Georgia Press
Dimensions
152x229x30
ISBN-13
9780820350653
Product ID
26206849

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