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 publication, acclaimed author Marilynne Robinson applies her astute mind to a few of the main vexing themes within the historical past of human thought—science, faith, and recognition. Crafted with a similar care and perception as her award-winning novels, Absence of Mind demanding situations postmodern atheists who campaign opposed to faith less than 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 well recommend. in its place, in its purest shape, technological know-how represents a look for solutions. It engages the matter of data, a facet of the secret of attention, instead of supplying an easy and ultimate version of reality.

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

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