Absence of Mind: The Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern Myth of the Self (The Terry Lectures Series)

Absence of Mind: The Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern Myth of the Self (The Terry Lectures Series)

Marilynne Robinson


In this bold booklet, acclaimed author Marilynne Robinson applies her astute mind to a couple of the main vexing issues within the heritage of human thought—science, faith, and awareness. Crafted with a similar care and perception as her award-winning novels, Absence of Mind demanding situations postmodern atheists who campaign opposed to faith below the banner of technological know-how. In Robinson’s view, clinical reasoning doesn't denote a feeling of logical infallibility, as thinkers like Richard Dawkins may perhaps recommend. as an alternative, in its purest shape, technological know-how represents a look for solutions. It engages the matter of information, a facet of the secret of cognizance, instead of delivering an easy and ultimate version of reality.

By protecting the significance of person mirrored image, Robinson celebrates the facility and diversity of human cognizance within the culture of William James. She explores the character of subjectivity and considers the tradition within which Sigmund Freud used to be located and its impact on his version of self and civilization. Through willing interpretations of language, emotion, technology, and poetry, Absence of Mind restores human recognition to its important position within the religion-science debate.

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