Book ID: CBB416224457

The Madness of Knowledge: On Wisdom, Ignorance and Fantasies of Knowing (2019)

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Connor, Steven (Author)


Reaktion Books


Publication Date: 2019
Physical Details: 384
Language: English

Many human beings have considered the powers and the limits of human knowledge, but few have wondered about the power that the idea of knowledge has over us. Steven Connor’s The Madness of Knowledge is the first book to investigate this emotional inner life of knowledge—the lusts, fantasies, dreams, and fears that the idea of knowing provokes. There are in-depth discussions of the imperious will to know, of Freud’s epistemophilia (or love of knowledge), and the curiously insistent links between madness, magical thinking, and the desire for knowledge. Connor also probes secrets and revelations, quarreling and the history of quizzes and “general knowledge,” charlatanry and pretension, both the violent disdain and the sanctification of the stupid, as well as the emotional investment in the spaces and places of knowledge, from the study to the library. In an age of artificial intelligence, alternative facts, and mistrust of truth, The Madness of Knowledge offers an opulent, enlarging, and sometimes unnerving psychopathology of intellectual life.

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Authors & Contributors
Andersch, Norbert
Whooley, Owen
Johns, Adrian
Gieryn, Thomas F.
Kourany, Janet A.
Carrier, Martin
Journals
Science and Education
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
History of Psychiatry
Social Studies of Science
Medicina Historica
New Books Network Podcast
Publishers
University of Chicago Press
MIT Press
Cornell University Press
Taylor & Francis
Cambridge University Press
Routledge
Concepts
Ignorance (Theory of knowledge)
Knowledge and learning
Philosophy of science
Truth
Intellectual history
Theories of knowledge
People
Cassirer, Ernst
Flamsteed, John
Newton, Isaac
Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm
Lacan, Jacques
Cusanus, Nicolaus
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
18th century
16th century
17th century
Modern
Places
Great Britain
Mediterranean region
France
Europe
United States
Americas
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