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The Age of Post-Rationality

Limits of economic reasoning in the 21st century

Authors: Colic-Peisker, Val, Flitney, Adrian

  • Provides penetrating analysis and updated accounts to explain why neoliberalism is a bankrupt philosophy
  • Debunks populist scapegoats by providing insights into the current attacks on critical thinking and dialogue
  • Offers new creative thinking about social and economic issues in the world today
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This book challenges the hegemonic view that economic calculation represents the ultimate rationality. The West legitimises its global dominance by the claim to be a rational, democratic, science-based and progressive civilisation. Yet, over the past decades, the dogma of economic rationality has become an ideological black hole whose gravitational pull allows no public debate or policy to escape. Political leaders of all creeds are held in its orbit and public language is saturated by it. This dogma has pervaded all spheres of life, ushering the age of post-rationality, especially in English speaking countries. The authors discuss several aspects of post-rational global capitalism still dominated by the Anglosphere: hyper-competition, hyper-consumption, inequality, volatile global financial markets, environmental degradation and the unforeseen effects of the internet-mediated communication revolution. The book concludes by discussing some utopian and dystopian future scenarios and asking whether the West can transcend its crisis of rationality.   

About the authors

Val Colic-Peisker is an associate professor of sociology at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University), Melbourne. She has previously worked as journalist, translator, radio-producer and free-lance author. She has published extensively in mainstream and academic media.
Adrian P. Flitney is a quantum physicist who makes his living as a share trader. This gives him considerable insight into the vicissitudes of both the universe and global financial markets. He has published widely in the field of quantum games. 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: Not Just the Economy, Stupid!

    Colic-Peisker, Val (et al.)

    Pages 1-16

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  • A Rational Civilisation?

    Colic-Peisker, Val (et al.)

    Pages 17-45

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  • The Rationality of Competition

    Colic-Peisker, Val (et al.)

    Pages 47-82

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  • Hyper-consumption and Inequality

    Colic-Peisker, Val (et al.)

    Pages 83-113

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  • Flickering $creens of Global Finance

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    Pages 115-146

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eBook 83,29 €
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  • ISBN 978-981-10-6259-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 103,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-981-10-6258-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Age of Post-Rationality
Book Subtitle
Limits of economic reasoning in the 21st century
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-6259-9
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-6259-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-6258-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 253
Number of Illustrations
17 illustrations in colour
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