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Absence of Mind : The Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern Myth of the Self,9780300145182

Absence of Mind : The Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern Myth of the Self

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9780300145182

ISBN10:
0300145187
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Trade Book
Pub. Date:
5/25/2010
Publisher(s):
Yale University Press
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An Incomparable Mind  May 19, 2011
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This textbook does what every good textbook of its kind should do. By defending the importance of individual reflection, Robinson celebrates the power and variety of human consciousness in the tradition of William James. This textbook raises issues while putting others in perspective. Robinson addresses her readers as if they are educated and if they aren't familiar with what she's said that they are able to look it up. Through keen interpretations of language, emotion, science, and poetry, Absence of Mind restores human consciousness to its central place in the religion-science debate. Highly recommended.






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Summary

In this ambitious book, acclaimed writer Marilynne Robinson applies her astute intellect to some of the most vexing topics in the history of human thought—science, religion, and consciousness. Crafted with the same care and insight as her award-winning novels, Absence of Mind challenges postmodern atheists who crusade against religion under the banner of science.

In Robinson’s view, scientific reasoning does not denote a sense of logical infallibility, as thinkers like Richard Dawkins might suggest. Instead, in its purest form, science represents a search for answers. It engages the problem of knowledge, an aspect of the mystery of consciousness, rather than providing a simple and final model of reality.

By defending the importance of individual reflection, Robinson celebrates the power and variety of human consciousness in the tradition of William James. She explores the nature of subjectivity and considers the culture in which Sigmund Freud was situated and its influence on his model of self and civilization. Through keen interpretations of language, emotion, science, and poetry, Absence of Mind restores human consciousness to its central place in the religion-science debate.

Author Biography

Marilynne Robinson is the author of Gilead, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for fiction; Home, winner of the 2009 Orange Prize for Fiction; and Housekeeping, winner of the 1982 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for first fiction. She is also the author of two previous books of nonfiction, Mother Country and The Death of Adam. She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives in Iowa City.


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