Thinking in an Emergency

ISBN-10: 0393340589

ISBN-13: 9780393340587

Edition: 2012

Authors: Elaine Scarry

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The author of the landmark study The Body in Pain, Elaine Scarry offers a stunning and original analysis of the “claim of emergency” that modern governments have used to undermine democracy and increase executive power. For sixty years, democratic governments have bypassed legal provisions concerning the declaration of war, the use of torture, civilian surveillance, and nuclear weapons. In the desire for swift national action, we citizens devalue thinking and ignore ways to check government power, plunging our countries into a precarious state between monarchy and democracy.Drawing on the work of philosophers, neuroscientists, and artists, Scarry here proves decisively that thinking and rapid action are compatible. Practices that we dismiss as mere habit and protocol instead represent rigorous, effective modes of thought that we must champion in periods of crisis. Scarry’s bold claim on behalf of fundamental democratic principles will enliven and enrich the ongoing debate about leadership in times of emergency.
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/10/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Preface
The Seduction to Stop Thinking
Four Models of Emergency Thinking
CPR
Mutual Aid Contracts
The Swiss Shelter System
The Constitutional Brake on War
The Place of Habit in Acts of Thinking
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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