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Futurability : the age of impotence and the horizon of possibility
Berardi, Franco, author
London ; Verso, 2017
Potency -- The age of impotence -- Humanism, misogyny, and late modern thought -- The dark side of desire -- Power -- Automation and terror -- Necro-capitalism -- Money code and automation -- Possibility -- Conundrum -- Superstition -- Disentanglement -- A short history of the general intellect -- Dynamics of the general intellect -- Invention -- The inconceivable.

We live in an age of impotence. Stuck between global war and global finance, between identity and capital, we seem to be incapable of producing the radical change that is so desperately needed. Is there still a way to disentangle ourselves from a global order that shapes our politics as well as our imagination? In his most systematic book to date, renowned Italian theorist Franco Berardi tackles this question through a solid yet visionary analysis of the three fundamental concepts of Possibility, Potency, and Power. Characterizing Possibility as the content, Potency as the energy, and Power as the form, Berardi suggests that the road to emancipation unravels from the awareness that the field of the possible is only limited, and not created, by the power structures that implement it. Other futures and other worlds are always already inscribed within the present, despite power's attempt at keeping them invisible. Overcoming any temptation of giving in to despair or nostalgia, Berardi proposes the notion of 'futurability' as a way to remind us that even within the darkness of our current crisis lies dormant the horizon of possibility.
Baker Berry BC199.P7 B47 2017

Believable evidence
Mitova, Velislava, author
Cambridge, United Kingdom ; Cambridge University Press, 2017
Solid metaethical foundations -- The standard story -- The beast of two burdens -- Extreme psychologism about reasons -- Truthy -- Sound epistemological structure -- Truthy psychologism -- Truthy psychologism gives us everything we want -- If E then TB? -- If TB then E? -- Fruitful metaepistemic soil -- Who can tell us why to care about the evidence? -- Truthy psychologism and the authority of evidence.

Believable Evidence' argues that evidence consists of true beliefs. This claim opens up an entirely overlooked space on the ontology of evidence map, between purely factualist positions (such as those of Williamson and Dancy) and purely psychologist ones (such as that of Conee and Feldman). Velislava Mitova provides a compelling three-level defence of this view in the first contemporary monograph entirely devoted to the ontology of evidence. First, once we see the evidence as a good reason, metaethical considerations show that the evidence must be psychological and veridical. Second, true belief in particular allows epistemologists to have everything they want from the concept of evidence. Finally, the view helps us locate the source of the normative authority of evidence. The book challenges a broad range of current views on the ontology of reasons and their normative authority, making it a must-read for scholars and advanced students in metaethics and epistemology.
Baker Berry BC171 .M63 2017

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