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Writers Live: Eleanor Gordon-Smith on "Stop Being Reasonable"
16th May @ Berkelouw Paddington


Dear reader,

Join us for an interesting and delightful philosophical conversation with one of today's most exciting new voices in philosophy: Eleanor Gordon-Smith. We are lucky to host Eleanor on Thursday, May 16th at 6.30 at Berkelouw Books Paddington, where she will be in conversation about her new book, "Stop Being Reasonable," with bookseller Kyra Maya Phillips.

Eleanor Gordon-Smith is a writer and radio broadcaster working at the intersection of academic ethics and the muddy chaos of life between real humans. Currently at Princeton University, she has produced The Philosopher’s Zone on Australia’s Radio National, appeared as the Clinical Ethicist on local Sydney radio, and taught classes on ethics at the University of Sydney from environmental responsibility to the philosophy of sex. Her work has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, Meanjin, and on This American Life.

At a time when much of our debate is polarised, this book explores the complexity and challenges involved in changing our mind…or someone else’s. What does it take to change our mind? How does persuasion work? Why do we ignore compelling evidence? And does it always matter? In "Stop Being Reasonable," philosopher Eleanor Gordon-Smith tells gripping true stories that show the limits of human reason. She explores the complexity, stakes and emotion involved in changing our mind, from rusted-on catcallers in the back streets of Kings Cross to Susie, whose husband harbours a terrible secret. Dylan leaves the cult he’s been raised in since birth and Alex discovers he can no longer return to his former identity after impersonating someone else for a month on reality TV .

Weaving contemporary philosophy with these illuminating real-world stories, Gordon-Smith grapples with how we change our mind about who we really are – or don’t.

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We hope to welcome you on the 16th!

See you soon,

The team at Berkelouw Books Paddington

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Where: 19 Oxford Street, Paddington, 2021, Sydney, AU
When: Thu, 16th May
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

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