Coming November 2020
COVID-19 has exposed weaknesses across all aspects of society. What can it tell us about the reality of Western civilization?
What if there is something to the notion of “the decline of the West” after all? For all our enlightenment faith in reason and progress, there are structural features of our existence that raise the question of whether it’s all just an extended dream. Has the COVID-19 pandemic finally snapped us out of it, and into the waking reality of a much poorer and less illusioned existence?
Praise for Andrew Potter’s The Authenticity Hoax
“Potter’s broad-ranging survey makes a good case that the authenticist fantasy is deeply embedded in the culture.”—Wall Street Journal
“[Andrew Potter] offers a shrewd and lively discussion peppered with pop culture references and a stimulating reappraisal of the romantic strain in modern life.”—Publishers Weekly
“Potter weaves elements of history, philosophy and pop culture together in a book that will leave an impression even if it doesn’t necessarily show us the path. Is Andrew Potter one of the great thinkers of our age? He may well be: this is great stuff.”—January Magazine
About Field Notes
Twenty-volume folios will never make a revolution. It’s the little pocket pamphlets that are to be feared.—Voltaire
Popularized during the Restoration, the tradition of pamphleteering—the publication of inexpensive booklets grappling with issues of current interest—has shaped the world in innumerable ways. From Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, to Voltaire’s Treatise on Tolerance, to Mary Wollstonecraft’s Vindication of the Rights of Woman, pamphlets have functioned as vehicles for writers and thinkers to address the pressing questions of their eras. In this spirit, Biblioasis is proud to present Field Notes, a new series of nonfiction titles exploring timely issues of public interest and featuring writers and thinkers from a range of disciplines: philosophy, public policy, history, economics, cultural criticism, and more.