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The Abolition of Man (original 1947; edition 1978)

by C.S. Lewis

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Title:The Abolition of Man
Authors:C.S. Lewis
Info:MacMillian Publishing Co. (1978), Edition: Reprint, Paperback
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The Abolition of Man by C. S. Lewis (1947)

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Macmillan Pub, 1947/1955-paperback
  keithhamblen | Jun 13, 2016 |
(Macmillan Publishing Co)
Theme: "how education develops man's sense of morality"
Objectionable: "evolution" 80, other possibilities marked
Chapters I Men without Chests: man's affections are necessary to action 33-35
II The Way: There is reality with absolutes (called the Tao p. 28ff) 52, 56, 57, 75, 91, how known 60-61
III The Abolition of Man: man's conquest of nature is accomplishing nature's conquest of man 69, 77, 80, 88

Felt emotional weight 77
Magic and science are twins used to accomplish one man over another 87-88
  keithhamblen | Jun 13, 2016 |
This book was radical in its day, though it now seems a bit outdated. It basically proposes that moral relativity is illogical, and that there has to be some generally understood life principles. Lewis refers to this, broadly, as the 'Tao', while acknowledging that it encompasses all religions. While writing from his usual Christian perspective, this is not an argument for God's existence, or even theism in general. The writing is good, and quite thought-provoking, but since I didn't agree with all his premises (eg that patriotism is always right) I couldn't always follow the arguments fully.. despite agreeing with most of his conclusions. An interesting read that doesn't take very long as it's only a short book. ( )
1 vote SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
An interesting discourse on how modern (to Lewis=1946) society is doing away with objective values in favor of man-made scientific thinking and other subjective thoughts. You'll want the Columbia University notes and summary to go along with this- Google it. Difficult language and concepts, but very interesting. You can also get a free copy of the book in pdf form by searching the internet. ( )
  connianne | Jun 5, 2015 |
Substance: Despite the subtitle, the topic is "the importance and relevance of universal values such as courage and honor in contemporary society." Prescient and disturbingly on-target.
Explains how the neo-liberalism of the socialists took hold in the Western world (writing in 1944), and why that is a pernicious development for civilization.
Style: Typical of Lewis's knowledgeable yet accessible persuasive essays.
NOTES: pp. 20, 26, 29, 40, 44, 47, 49, 51, 59, 65, 66, 73*, 77, 83, 206, 110. ( )
1 vote librisissimo | Jan 12, 2015 |
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The Master said, He who sets to work on a different strand destroys the whole fabric.

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I doubt whether we are sufficiently attentive to the importance of elementary text-books.
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C.S. Lewis's The Abolition of Man purports to be a book specifically about public education, but its central concerns are broadly political, religious, and philosophical. In the best of the book's three essays, "Men Without Chests," Lewis trains his laser-sharp wit on a mid- century English high school text, considering the ramifications of teaching British students to believe in idle relativism, and to reject "the doctrine of objective value, the belief that certain attitudes are really true, and others really false, to the kind of thing the universe is and the kinds of things we are." Lewis calls this doctrine the "Tao," and he spends much of the book explaining why society needs a sense of objective values. The Abolition of Man speaks with astonishing freshness to contemporary debates about morality; and even if Lewis seems a bit too cranky and privileged for his arguments to be swallowed whole, at least his articulation of values seems less ego-driven, and therefore is more useful, than that of current writers such as Bill Bennett and James Dobson. --Michael Joseph Gross

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Collects seven key works by C.S. Lewis, including "Mere Christianity," "The Screwtape letters," and "The problem of pain."

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