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

ISBN-10: 0300171471
ISBN-13: 9780300171471
Edition: 2011
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Description: In this ambitious book, acclaimed writer Marilynne Robinson applies her astute intellect to some of the most vexing topics in the history of human thoughtscience, religion, and consciousness. Crafted with the same care and insight as her  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.50
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 6/28/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 4.75" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

In this ambitious book, acclaimed writer Marilynne Robinson applies her astute intellect to some of the most vexing topics in the history of human thoughtscience, religion, and consciousness. Crafted with the same care and insight as her award-winning novels,Absence of Mindchallenges 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 Mindrestores human consciousness to its central place in the religion-science debate.

Marilynne Robinson is the recipient of a 2012 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama. She is the author of Gilead, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Home, winner of the Orange Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and a finalist for the National Book Award. Her first novel, Housekeeping, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Robinson's nonfiction books include When I Was a Child I Read Books, Absence of Mind, and The Death of Adam. Her novels Mother Country and Lila, were nominated for a National Book Award.

Introduction
On Human Nature
The Strange History of Altruism
The Freudian Self
Thinking Again
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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