The Death of Expertise

Tom Nichols

First impressions

On starting to read the book, it doesn't seem to be pushing the 'Argument from Authority' angle that much, but I begin to wonder what it will actually have to say. It also seems that the book is mostly concerned with what is happening in the USA. I'm a bit suspicious about the author's claims that rejection of expertise has been increasing. For instance in the 1950's there were C. P. Snow's two cultures, where the literary elite looked down upon science. Then there were postmodernist ideas, which certainly had an anti-expert direction. But I've only just started the book, so it will be interesting to see how the arguments develop.
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