In these turbulent times, instincts and emotions seem to occupy an ever-expanding corner of our political world. Join three of the Festival’s most respected thinkers as they consider why many people now rely on feelings more than facts, the shifting ideologies of our times and how people’s beliefs can (or can’t) be changed in a divided age. Featuring William Davies (Nervous States), Eleanor Gordon-Smith (Stop Being Reasonable) and Jeff Sparrow (Trigger Warnings) with The Guardian’s Bridie Jabour.

William Davies (International)

William Davies

William Davies is a political economist and sociologist, whose work addresses the political and economic upheavals of our times. Drawing on economics, history, psychology and philosophy, his writing seeks to understand the roots of our present instability. He is a regular contributor to London Review of Books and The Guardian, and author of Nervous States: How feeling took over the world and The Happiness Industry: How the Government & big business sold us wellbeing.

Jeff Sparrow (Australian)

Jeff Sparrow

Jeff Sparrow is a writer, broadcaster and editor. He writes a regular column for Guardian Australia; he appears on 3RRR's Breakfasters program and is the immediate past editor of Overland magazine. His most recent book is Trigger Warnings: Political Correctness and the Rise of the Right. His previous book No Way But This: In Search of Paul Robeson was shortlisted for the Best Writing Award at the Melbourne Prize.

Eleanor Gordon-Smith (Australian)

Eleanor Gordon-Smith

Eleanor Gordon-Smith is a writer, philosopher and radio producer working at the intersection of academic philosophy and the messy chaos of human life. Her work has appeared on NPR's This American Life, RN's The Philosopher's Zone, and in Meanjin, The Sydney Morning Herald, and The Australian.

Bridie Jabour (Australian)

Bridie Jabour

Bridie Jabour is opinion editor at Guardian Australia where she has covered politics, social issues and regional Australia. She is the author of the novel The Way Things Should Be.