Absence of Mind

Absence of Mind
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Publisher : Yale University Press
Total Pages : 130
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ISBN-10 : 9780300166477
ISBN-13 : 0300166478
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Book Synopsis Absence of Mind by : Marilynne Robinson

Download or read book Absence of Mind written by Marilynne Robinson and published by Yale University Press. This book was released on 2010-05-25 with total page 130 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 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.


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