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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (May 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847065244
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847065247
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reviewed in The Economist. Roger Scruton is one of our most interesting intellectuals... This is an important book, with a very wide cultural range. It is brave in pointing to a turning away from God as the fundamental plight of our times. -- The Church Times ... if you want a handy pocket guide to humanity's perennial search for God, one that will take you safely round the edges of the current religious battlefield, this elegant and gracious book is one to buy. -- New Statesman Extract featured in The Catholic Herald. ... [Scruton's] sequence on the structure of the eff able (buildings) is good, and the book contains many interesting and prettily phrased thoughts. -- The Guardian

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Professor Roger Scruton is Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, Washington and Senior Research Fellow at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford. His other books include Sexual Desire, The West and the Rest, England: An Elegy, News from Somewhere and Gentle Regrets (all published by Continuum).

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Alfredo Pastor Bodmer on February 13, 2013
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Scruton's purpose is to give a view of man emphasizing his nature as a subject, as opposed to the objects that are the studied by science. This perspective runs counter to that of Dawkins (man= gene-governed machine) as well as that of some of neuro-science (man= brain). He thus insists on the qualitative aspects of creatures in general and on the impossibility of giving a complete description of some things: a human face is his example, hence the title.

God is in there, not religion (if you see what that means). Never an insult to intelligence. A wonderful book.
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43 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Frank B. Nieman on July 28, 2012
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This book details the loss of the personal in the relation between man and the Creator, and how to find it again in the the face of God. Of course, one must know how to find a person behind a face in ordinary life if one hopes to find God in the face of Creation. After learning how to find an "I" behind a human body, the next steps are available to the earnest seeker. A wonderful book.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Cody on December 18, 2012
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Scruton draws a clear picture of what the neglect of God in Western culture has meant. Without urging conversion of any type, he postulates the affect the abandonment is having on society's materialistic pursuits. His aim is to have us look once more at ourselves, the earth, and God.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stefano Baratti on January 3, 2014
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Scruton advances a formidable theory according to which the loss of divine intervention in our contemporary society corresponds to the lack of sacrifice in the fabric of everyday life.
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