"A harvest of utterly sane, consoling, and life-affirming insight from one of the wisest minds of our time." -- Los Angeles Times
The late E.F. Schumacher understates his case in titling this book A Guide for the Perplexed; what he undertakes is to provide nothing less than a Manual for Survival, concerned not merely with individual physical or even societal endurance (though that, too), but more importantly with the full realization of human potential.
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
This book is not an argument against science. Contrarily, the author points out the great benefits gained through scientific thought. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Charles
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 3 months ago by Smet
A great book I should have read decades ago. A great reminder that the universe is far more than we can see and touch.Published 4 months ago by R. Thuss
This book is exactly what the title indicates: a guide to the nature of the world for those who know (or suspect) that the modern, scientific world view is incomplete at best and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Reader
The title of Schumacher's book is misleading. This is really a road map to a life. He delivers an extraordinary philosophical argument for the understanding of our interconnected... Read morePublished 7 months ago by jaime e. correa
This is the best book of philosophy I have ever read. E. F. Schumacher explains that there are at least four levels of being - inanimate; living; consciousness; and self... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ned (Edward) Jacobs
This book starts off strong but sort of rambles.
It's written very "intellectually" which means it has more pretense than content. Read more
this book for one's personal library. It is easy to read and helps people respond to the perennial questions of life in a reasonable and systematic manner.Published 15 months ago by Rodney Rickard