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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It's remarkable how Lewis nails the perspective of 21st century reductionism and its clear implications. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Mark Elliott
As Lewis always does, reaches the very "soul" of our thoughts, motives and mannerPublished 27 days ago by Brent Christie
A difficult read but one that sheds the light of truth on today's world view and how it differs from our historical roots. Read morePublished 2 months ago by BoRealEstate
Thorough discussion of the difficulties and problems of viewing man as a mere product of nature and not as a unique creation who finds himself only through obedience to the Tao,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alan B. Richards
A classic that only gets better with age. The appendix/addendum at the back is valuable also.Published 3 months ago by By Grace Alone