Frank Furedi

Frank Furedi

Since the late 1990s, I have been widely cited about my views on why Western societies find it so difficult to engage with risk and uncertainty.I have published widely about controversies relating to issues such as health, parenting children, food and new technology. My book Invitation To Terror; Expanding the Empire of the Unknown (2007) explores the way in which the threat of terrorism has become amplified through the ascendancy of precautionary thinking. It develops the arguments contained in two previous books, Culture of Fear (2002) and Paranoid Parenting (2001). Both of these works investigate the interaction between risk consciousness and perceptions of fear, trust relations and social capital in contemporary society. I have also written extensively about issues to do with education and cultural life. His book, Wasted: Why Education Is Not Educating (2009) deals with the influence of the erosion of adult authority on schooling. On Tolerance (2011) offers a restatement of the importance of this concept for an open society. Authority: A Sociological History (2013) examines how the modern world has become far more comfortable with questioning authority than with affirming it. I am committed to promoting the ideals of a humanist education and his writings on higher education are devoted to affirming the value of the liberal arts. My study, titled Power Of Reading: From Socrates to Twitter (2015) explores the relation between the debates on reading in the past and those of today. The book outlines the case for a liberal humanist conception of a culture of reading. As a University Professor I have written extensively on many of the controversies surrounding the Academy. My writings are devoted towards upholding the value of the liberal arts, academic freedom and free speech. My book 'What's Happened To The University: A Sociological Exploration of its Infatilisation' (2016) seeks to explain the emergence of illiberal and censorious trends within the University. The powerful animus against the ideals of freedom and experimentation which have emerged within higher education and widen society has motivated me to embark on a major study of the history of the emergence of the value of freedom. This book will be published at the end of 2018. I regularly comments on radio and television. I have appeared on Newsnight, Sky News and BBC News, Radio Four’s Today programme, and a variety of other radio television shows. Internationally, he has been interviewed by the media in Australia, Canada, the United States, Poland, Holland, Belgium, Brazil, and Germany. His articles have been published in New Scientist, the Guardian, the Independent, the Financial Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Express, the Daily Mail, the Wall Street Journal, the Independent on Sunday, India Today, L’Espresso, The Times, The Sunday Times, the Observer, the Sunday Telegraph, the Globe and Mail (Toronto), the Christian Science Monitor, the Times Higher Education Supplement, spiked, the Times Literary Supplement, Harvard Business Review, Die Welt and Die Zeit, among others.
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