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

June 28, 2011|
Absence of Mind: The Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern Myth of the Self by Marilynne Robinson
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One of our best contemporary writers explores the tension between science and religion and reveals how our concept of mind determines how we understand and value human nature and human civilization

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.

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 teache...
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Title:Absence of Mind: The Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern Myth of the Self
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:176 pages, 7.75 X 5 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:176 pages, 7.75 X 5 X 1 in
Published:June 28, 2011
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300171471

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