- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Yale University Press; Second Printing edition (1 Jun. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0300145187
- ISBN-13: 978-0300145182
- Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.5 x 2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 300,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Absence of Mind: The Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern Myth of the Self (Terry Lectures) (The Terry Lectures) Hardcover – 1 Jun 2010
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I agree with her reservations over the wave of "parascientific literature", which I take to be "pop psychology" which increasingly tells us what to think and replaces religion for some people, even affects the world of work, through "management training" and "performance management".
One of the most interesting sections for me is the presentation of Freud as a man whose theories may well have been in a part a reaction to the persecuted status of the Jews in Europe. I do not know what support this theory might find with experts.
Her choice of thinkers on whom to focus - Freud, Darwin, Comte, William James, Dawkins, Dennett, etc. assumes a good level of prior knowledge. In a lecture this may be fair enough. Yet I feel that the book falls between two stools. To make a mark with lay readers, there is a need for more explanation of philosophical ideas. For those already familiar with the ideas cited, her message seems rather slight.Read more ›
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A lyrical plea for a change to the intellectual establishment. And you have to admire a writer who can make you like John Calvin.Published 15 months ago by Adrian