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Thinking in an Emergency (Amnesty International Global Ethics Series)

Thinking in an Emergency (Amnesty International Global Ethics Series)

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Author of the landmark review The Entire body in Discomfort, Elaine Scarry provides a amazing and first analysis of the “claim of unexpected emergency.”

For sixty many years, contemporary democratic governments have undermined democracy and increased govt power by invoking the idea of unexpected emergency. They have bypassed constitutional provisions regarding presidential succession, the declaration of war, the use of torture, civilian surveillance, and the arrangements for nuclear weapons. In the desire for swift country wide action, we citizens devalue thinking and dismiss approaches to verify federal government power, plunging our countries into a precarious state amongst monarchy and democracy. Drawing on the work of philosophers, neuroscientists, and artists, Elaine Scarry proves decisively that thinking and fast action are suitable. Practices that we dismiss as mere habit and protocol as a substitute signify rigorous, efficient modes of considered that we need to champion in moments of crisis. Scarry’s daring claim on behalf of basic democratic rules will enliven and enrich the ongoing discussion about leadership.

Author of the landmark review The Entire body in Discomfort, Elaine Scarry provides a amazing and first analysis of the “claim of unexpected emergency.”

For sixty many years, contemporary democratic governments have undermined democracy and increased govt power by invoking the idea of unexpected emergency. They have bypassed constitutional provisions regarding presidential succession, the declaration of war, the use of torture, civilian surveillance, and the arrangements for nuclear weapons. In the desire for swift country wide action, we citizens devalue thinking and dismiss approaches to verify federal government power, plunging our countries into a precarious state amongst monarchy and democracy. Drawing on the work of philosophers, neuroscientists, and artists, Elaine Scarry proves decisively that thinking and fast action are suitable. Practices that we dismiss as mere habit and protocol as a substitute signify rigorous, efficient modes of considered that we need to champion in moments of crisis. Scarry’s daring claim on behalf of basic democratic rules will enliven and enrich the ongoing discussion about leadership.