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The Art of Losing Control

A Philosopher's Search for Ecstatic Experience

Jules Evans



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28 March 2018
Since the Enlightenment, western culture has written off ecstatic experience as a form of mental illness. But why should rationality be considered the highest part of human nature when we are capable of so many more states of experience?

Piecing together interviews, analysis of ancient and modern philosophy, and his own eclectic encounters with the sublime, philosopher Jules Evans mounts an investigation into what we can gain from mastering the art of losing control. From Aristotle and Plato to the Bishop of London and Sister Bliss, radical Jihadis to Silicon Valley transhumanists, The Art of Losing Control is a funny, life-enhancing journey that will change the way you think about how you feel.
By:   Jules Evans
Imprint:   Canongate
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   217g
ISBN:   9781782118787
ISBN 10:   1782118780
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   28 March 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jules Evans is policy director at the Centre for the History of Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the author of Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations, which was published in 19 countries and was a Times Book of the Year. Jules has written for The Times, Financial Times, Guardian, Spectator and WIRED and is a BBC New Generation Thinker. He also runs the London Philosophy Club, the world's biggest philosophy club. @julesevans77

Reviews for The Art of Losing Control: A Philosopher's Search for Ecstatic Experience

Compelling . . . His sensitivity as a thinker, like his skill as a storyteller, is never in doubt * * Guardian * * An original and outstanding investigation into a poorly understood but central experience in all our lives. Jules Evans is brave, honest and wise - a great companion and guide on a fascinating journey -- CASPAR HENDERSON, author of The Book of Barely Imagined Beings A captivating exploration of humanity's journey toward self-transcendence * * Prospect * * In keeping with the ecstatic experience itself, this is a wild, wondrous, wide-eyed journey, and Evans has convinced me at least that it's a trip worth taking * * Psychologist * * An important book, because it reminds us philosophy is not just about analysis. It's also about the good life -- MATTHEW SYED * * The Times on Philosophy for Life * * Instructive and thought-provoking . . . shows philosophy is not just for stuffy classrooms * * Financial Times on Philosophy for Life * * A revelation * * Observer on Philosophy for Life * * Brilliant and timely -- TOM HODGKINSON on Philosophy for Life This book saved my life -- ADE EDMONDSON on Philosophy for Life

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