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History, Guilt and Habit 2nd Edition
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This book is worth picking up to freshen up ideas of consciousness and language relations, certainly not for setting a foundation for which I would suggest Poetic Diction, hands down.
The real gem in this collection, though, is the final chapter about creating new habits and society given understanding played out in the two previous chapters. An encouraging word for those who wish to proceed with an enlightened life.
Those seriously interested in Barfield can't stop here, but most continue with "Saving the Appearences", "The Rediscovery of Meaning" and "Poetic Diction". Personally, I find Barfield hard to follow and even harder to swallow (his mentor Steiner is even worse!), but he *is* interesting. For a relatively readable introduction to Barfield, see "Romantic Religion" by R.J. Reilly.
Since "History, Guilt and Habit" might perhaps work as a sneak peak, I will give it three stars, but as I said, you can't really stop here...