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The Listening Society: A Metamodern Guide to Politics, Book One (Metamodern Guides) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 10, 2017
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About the Author
Hanzi Freinacht is a political philosopher, historian and sociologist, author of the books The Listening Society, Nordic Ideology and The 6 Hidden Patterns of World History. Much of his time is spent alone in the Swiss Alps.
As a writer, Hanzi combines in-depth knowledge of several sciences and disciplines and offers maps of our time and the human condition with his characteristically accessible, poetic and humorous writing style – challenging the reader’s perspective of herself and the world.
Hanzi Freinacht epitomizes much of the metamodern philosophy and can be considered a personification of this strand of thought. He has produced a wide array of original, relevant and useful ideas for people in all walks of life. These ideas help you gain an upper hand in the new political, economic and cultural landscape of digital, postindustrial society.
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Hanzi speaks with a deeply well earned heir of confidence in this book as he lays bare the deepest and most personal layers of our inner worlds and why our inner worlds and their development matter.
I'd been dissatisfied with postmodernism's incoherence, lack of metanarrative (although I didn't know the word for it at the time), and lack of criticism of itself and its methods. Eventually online debates lead me to a person who recommended some articles on Metamoderna written by Hanzi and associates, and the comprehensive fullness of his perspectives and approaches brought me a lot of hope. When I heard about this book coming out I had to have it, and I haven't been able to put it down since I picked it up.
Make no mistake, this book is not for the faint of heart. Hanzi is not gentle with his dismantling of bad ideas and bad theory, and his familiarity with the topic and comprehension of it shines through in very clear, straightforward arguments with solid structure, objective and useful measures and interpretations of human development and politics. He does not hold any punches, and they are deeply correct punches, so they will hurt if you are not ready for them.
He, and reviewers, call this book dangerous. It absolutely is. The concepts in it will absolutely be simplified and flattened, misinterpreted and miscommunicated countless times in the future to potentially devastating effects. But the perspective of adult developmental psychology and developmental stages with the inclusion of complexity presents a perspective and a model for thinking about the world and solving it's problems that the world is in dire need of.
This book provides the most comprehensive model and codebook of metamodern cultural code I've read and nothing else comes within miles of it. Along the way, it will bring you to tears, make you laugh, and give you a profound sense of gentle hope, that our problems are not as hopeless as they seem without this perspective.
His writing style is engaging, casual, and so honest it may bring you to tears with it's profound sincerity.
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