The Age of Post-Rationality

The Age of Post-Rationality Limits of Economic Reasoning in the 21st Century

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Synopsis

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.   

Book information

ISBN: 9789811062582
Publisher: Springer Singapore
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Pub date:
DEWEY: 330.1
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 241
Weight: 4501g
Height: 210mm
Width: 148mm
Spine width: 16mm