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Launch: How to Disagree by Adam Ferner and Darren Chetty

27th November 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Join us to celebrate the launch of Adam Ferner and Darren Chetty’s new book How to Disagree. A co-authored effort, How to Disagree opens up conversations about conversations and discusses how disagreements are structured and the ways social prejudices manifest.

How can we disagree productively? Disagreements are a fact of life. Productive disagreements are a rarity. We find ourselves living in a divided world in which it’s increasingly difficult to have productive arguments. In 20 thought-provoking discussions, philosophers Adam Ferner and Darren Chetty examine some of today’s most pressing debates in politics, society and education.

The event starts at 7pm, with a couple of short talks and plenty of (vegan) snacks. There will be copies of How to Disagree on sale – just in time for another General Election and the Winter Holidays!

Darren Chetty is a writer, teacher and researcher. He has published academic work on philosophy, education, racism, children’s literature and hip-hop culture. He is a contributor to the bestselling book, The Good Immigrant, and the co-author, with Jeffrey Boakye, of the forthcoming What Is Masculinity? Why Does It Matter? And Other Big Questions.

Adam Ferner has worked in academic philosophy in France and the UK, as well as in schools, youth centres and other alternative learning spaces. He has written three books – Organisms and Personal Identity (Routledge, 2016), Think Differently (White Lion Publishing, 2018) and, with Nadia Mehdi and Zara Bain, Crash Course: Philosophy (Ivy, 2019) – and has been published widely in philosophical and popular journals. Adam is an associate editor of the Forum’s Essays, and a member of the Changelings, a North London fiction collaboration.


Praise for the book:

Smart, incisive, timely, this is an invaluable guide to everyday disagreement. How to Disagree is needed now more than ever.

– Gary Younge

Our thinking on how to argue and to disagree is never neutral, personally, morally or politically. Politeness, reasonableness, all these are heavily loaded concepts which often lie close to relations of power. This lively and accessible book draws on a wide range of thinkers and traditions to prod productively at some of our accustomed ways of thinking about disagreement and how to manage it.

– Lorna Finlayson

A worthwhile and very readable book that gives us insight into dealing with issues of free speech, offensive humour and the effectiveness of debate.

– Nikesh Shukla

Nifty and stimulating, How to Disagree is a handbook for turning disagreements into productive dialogues. It’ll equip you with the skills to spot wilful ignorance, respond to offensive jokes and cultivate solidarity.

– Candice Delmas


27th November 2019
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm