Jason Stanley is an American philosopher who is the Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. He is best known for his contributions to philosophy of language and epistemology, which often draw upon and influence other fields, including linguistics and cognitive science.
25 books on the list
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A Brief History of Fascist Lies
Discover the fascinating history of fascist lies with this captivating book by world-renowned historian Federico Finchelstein. Through powerful storytelling, Finchelstein explains why truth often takes a back seat to simple, hateful lies in fascist ideologies. From Hitler to Mussolini, fascist leaders capitalized on lies to gain power and popular sovereignty. Today, false news has become government policy, and A Brief History of Fascist Lies urges readers to remember that the talk of "post-truth" has a long political and intellectual lineage that we cannot ignore.
Fascist lying is by now a crowded field - with @FinchelsteinF excellent book and a number of articles. But kudos to @TimothyDSnyder for recognizing the importance in particular of the concept of the Big Lie for the current moment with “election fraud.” Masterful @nytimes piece – source
Domination and the Arts of Resistance
This book delves into the complex relationship between the powerful and the powerless, exploring the ways in which subordinate groups critique power and the powerful develop private dialogues. Renowned social scientist James C. Scott examines examples from literature, history, and politics around the world to reveal the tensions and contradictions inherent in this interaction. With discussions of public roles and hidden transcripts, this book offers a penetrating look at the arts of resistance.
@nescio13 It’s an incredibly important book about standpoint epistemology! – source
The Undocumented Americans
Explore the hidden lives of undocumented Americans through the deeply personal and groundbreaking portrait of a nation. Follow writer Karla Cornejo Villavicencio's journey across the country as she documents the lives of her fellow undocumented immigrants, while also uncovering the mysteries of her own life. From Ground Zero cleanup workers in New York to those seeking medical care in Miami's botanicas, these stories are filled with love, magic, heartbreak, and vulgarity. Through powerful personal narratives and sensitive reporting, discover what it means to be an undocumented American in today's society.
The Undocumented Americans is a great book – source
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Hitler's American Model
The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law
Discover the shocking truth about the American impact on Nazi Germany's notorious Nuremberg Laws. In Hitler's American Model, James Whitman reveals the real, sustained, significant, and revealing interest the Nazis took in American race policies. Learn how American citizenship and antimiscegenation laws proved directly relevant to the two principal Nuremberg Laws, and uncover the ultimate, ugly irony that when Nazis rejected American practices, it was sometimes not because they found them too enlightened, but too harsh. This groundbreaking book will upend your understanding of America's influence on racist practices in the wider world.
@NickClairmont1 I’m sorry. I’m giving you historical facts. Whitman’s book is a work of history, based on archives. The Nuremberg laws draw on anti-miscegenation laws. These facts do not absolve Germany of culpability (as would be clear if you knew my writings in the German press). – source
Also recommended byOrin Kerr
Burning Down the House
Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party
Discover how the rhetoric and tactics of Newt Gingrich and his allies launched an era of brutal partisan politics that still haunts America today. In Burning Down the House, author Julian Zelizer traces the story of how Gingrich's calculated campaign of attacks against his political opponents set the stage for decades of ruthless Republican tactics. From weaponizing good government reforms to plotting the destruction of the political career of Speaker Wright, Gingrich introduced the methods that shaped modern Congress and the Republican Party. His legacy extended beyond his own tenure in office, creating a new normal in Washington that is still felt today.
@SethCotlar @julianzelizer Oh yes, this is an essential book! – source
Also recommended byJonathan Cohn
Explore the rise of authoritarian leaders in our modern age in "Strongmen" by Ruth Ben-Ghiat. From Putin to Trump, Bolsonaro to Erdogan, this book delves into the common playbook of machismo, propaganda, violence, and corruption used by such leaders in Africa, Europe, and Latin America. Discover why these leaders have found popular support, and how they can be opposed. A must-read for anyone interested in politics and democracy.
Outstanding review for one of the best and most important books I have read recently - @ruthbenghiat Strongmen – source
Also recommended byAsha Rangappa
What Do You Really, Really Want?
Discovering What Matters Most And Taking Action To Achieve Your Important Goals
Discover what really matters in life and start moving towards your important goals with Kevin Stebbings' coaching narrative, What Do You Really, Really Want? Uncover the power of intentional conversations and learn actionable steps to overcome common hurdles like procrastination, fear of failure, and distraction. Follow the journey of two individuals who find what is truly important with the encouragement and support of a coach. This compelling story offers a powerful yet simple message for anyone who wants to live a life aligned with their values.
@BryanPickel Wow! I am so happy to hear this. These two books are huge influences on me, and when I was stuck in like 2013 and people were telling me I had left philosophy because I was thinking about propaganda and ideology, Stebbing was my inspiration. – source
Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880
Explore the pivotal role Black Americans played in Reconstruction with this influential and groundbreaking work from a renowned Black intellectual. Delving into the period after the Civil War when slaves were freed and America's reconstruction began, this full-length study provides an innovative and comprehensive look at an essential but overlooked part of American history. Widely hailed as a classic, this pioneering work will deepen your understanding of this pivotal moment in American history.
@ajoiarrara @sarahchurchwell The most useful book is also the classic Du Bois, Black Reconstruction. – source
Hate in the Homeland
The New Global Far Right
Hate in the Homeland offers a startling insight into the unexpected places where violent hate groups recruit young people. Cynthia Miller-Idriss takes readers on a journey to physical and virtual spaces where hate is cultivated, and shows how far-right groups are swelling in mainstream settings. This essential read offers innovative strategies for combating extremist radicalization.
This is an incredible book by @milleridriss that I found impossible to put down. Miller-Idriss has put it together here; the actors, the methods, and the history. I can’t wait to be in conversation with her on November 10 for Labyrinth Books – source
Adaptive Preferences and Women's Empowerment
This book explores the phenomenon of "adaptive preferences" among women and other oppressed groups, in which they collude with the forces that perpetuate their injustice. The author offers a definition of adaptive preferences and a moral framework for responding to them in development practice. She argues that public institutions should conduct interventions to transform the adaptive preferences of deprived people, while still respecting culturally variant conceptions of the good. The book provides real-world examples and moves beyond debates about internalized oppression, relativism, and feminism.
I'm a huge fan of Serene Khader, whose book Adaptive Preferences and Women's Empowerment I recommend to everyone I can. Very much looking forward to Khader's newest work. – source
The Flag and the Cross by Philip S. Gorski, Samuel L. Perry
The Second by Carol Anderson
A Demon-Haunted Land by Monica Black
Our Malady by Timothy Snyder
Demagogue for President by Dr. Jennifer R. Mercieca
Dying of Whiteness by Jonathan M. Metzl
One Person, No Vote by Carol Anderson
Paper Minds by Jonathan Kramnick
Locking Up Our Own by James Forman Jr.
Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
The Politics of Common Sense by Deva R. Woodly
The Nazi Doctors by Robert J. Lifton
Naming and Necessity by Kripke
The Foundations of Arithmetic by Gottlob Frege