Why Grow Up? Subversive Thoughts for an Infantile Age

“Beautiful and luminous.” —James Wood

“Examplary…the real virtue of this short book lies in its genuinely subversive defense of philosophy in an age besotted by data.”  —A.O. Scott, New York Times

“Susan Neiman’s Why Grow Up? is a spirited philosophical defense of the aspiration to maturity.   She is an impassioned and lucid expositor of some very recondite concepts, with that rare ability…to convey the continued relevance and urgency of philosophy for our distracted times.”  —Josh Cohen, The Guardian

“Accessible philosophy doesn’t get much better than this…Neiman’s sense of humor is a plus, but her greatest strength is her ability to distill centuries of thought to their essence, provoking her readers along the way.” —Publishers Weekly

“This elegant and accessible book is the philosophical kick up the arse my generation so desperately needs.” —Spiked Online

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