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A Guide for the Perplexed Paperback – May 31, 1978
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Does that sound impossibly ambitious? It's only the beginning. In the process of articulating his view of life, Schumacher proceeds to knock the foundation from under much of what science has been about these past few centuries, and then to bring into synthesis the definitive tenets of the world's major religions. All this -- and more -- in only 140 pages.
But hold the snickers; the man pulls it off. Compelling reasoned and persuasively presented, this "Guide diagrams a view of humans and the world in which they live that will challenge and stimulate every thoughtful reader."-- "Newsday""A Guide for the Perplexed offers us a harvest of utterly insane, consoling, and life-afffirming insight from one of the wisest minds of our time. It is and unapologetic defense of traditional Christian humanism which I am certain will light many a darkrned path."-- Theodore Roszak, "Los Angeles Times""A Guide for the Perplexed deserves wide reading. It deserves in fact a Place in the college curriculum, as a text for introductory courses in philosophy....It does as much for the defense of traditional civilizational values as C.S. Lewis's "The Abolition of Man did in the last generation, and it does so on a metaphysical foundation."-- "Greensboro Daily News""A Guide for the Perplexed is really a statement of the philosophical underpinnings that inform "Small is Beautiful.Those who have read neither book should be wise to read the latest book first. Those who have read "Small is Beautiful will benefit from careful reading of this new book. It's impact may be less immediate, but perhaps more substantial and lasting."-- "Chicago Tribune"
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Well, E. F. Schumacher doesn't quite agree with this viewpoint. He has an different theory to propose, and he lays it out with perfect logic, careful references, and outstanding prose. His title, "A Guide for the Perplexed", is a actually a gross understatement. He is describing the world as it truly is.
Schumacher begins with a necessary point. Our society pounds us with certain prejudices right from the beginning. It does not educate us about the alternatives, or even let us know that alternatives exist. Hence the first step to wisdom is to step back and "see the world whole". In other words, we must be willing to investigate and question everything, even things that are taken for granted at the present time. Before we begin to study, we must ask the question: what should we study?
Because we are humans, we must study humans. Because we perceive the world around us, we must study our own perceptions, how they work and how they often fail to work. Because there is a world around us, we must study that world. And because we must live within the world, we must investigate how we do so.Read more ›
The reason why this book is so revolutionary in my opinion is because, along with the author's previous book, Small is Beautiful, it states the case for drastically reworking the whole of human society.
The modern-day confusion of life, which seems to state that the only reason for existence is to be a consumer within a global capitalist state, raises many problems of self-importance, what is the individual's worth or role in such an scenario? Of course God can't exist in such a scheme because Science can't reduce religion to analysable parts. Human evolution must be an accident because Science can't derive the formula to create life artificially....
This not to say that Schumacher is claiming that the Christian God did all this and he can prove it, he merely suggests that science in itself cannot decide the truth of these things, certainly not if it is based only on objective logic.
Schumacher does address these questions in a quasi-religous sense, but also makes the important point that logic or reasoning without intuition or self-knowledge is worthless, because your reason will declare your own self worthless, or some sort of random accident.Read more ›
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I read this over a couple of days, initially loved it, and couldn't wait to see where it was going. Unfortunately, it fell down the well with so many others - really good at... Read morePublished 2 months ago by 80s Product
This book is a concise review of how modern western culture has gone astray, and lays out some fundamental concepts and practices that may provide a path of the correction of our... Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. Kuniholm
Schumacher’s A Guide for the Perplexed is the author’s response to the philosophical juggernaut of materialism in the western world. Read morePublished 3 months ago by G. K. Klug
Probably more than ever, we need to go back to the 1970s and reread these Schumacher classics about humanistic economics -- incl "Small is Beautiful". Read morePublished 6 months ago by John Turnbull
Schumacher - what a master brain and an excellent presenter! He lays out how to live in this world, and what our goals should be. l've always loved this book.Published 8 months ago by Zamboni
This book is not an argument against science. Contrarily, the author points out the great benefits gained through scientific thought. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Charlie
Simply brilliant. Raises the most important questions human being can ask, if he or she bothers. I wish they studied this book at schools. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Smet