The Abolition of Man Hardcover – 23 Dec 2010
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From the Back Cover
In The Abolition of Man, C. S. Lewis sets out to persuade his audience of the importance and relevance of universal values such as courage and honor in contemporary society. Both astonishing and prophetic, this book is one of the most debated of Lewis's extraordinary works. National Review chose it as number seven on their "100 Best Nonfiction Books of the Twentieth Century."--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) fue uno de los intelectuales mas importantes del siglo veinte y podria decirse que fue el escritor cristiano mas influyente de su tiempo. Fue profesor particular de literatura inglesa y miembro de la junta de gobierno en la Universidad Oxford hasta 1954, cuando fue nombrado profesor de literatura medieval y renacentista en la Universidad Cambridge, cargo que desempeno hasta que se jubilo. Sus contribuciones a la critica literaria, literatura infantil, literatura fantastica y teologia popular le trajeron fama y aclamacion a nivel internacional. C. S. Lewis escribio mas de treinta libros, lo cual le permitio alcanzar una enorme audiencia, y sus obras aun atraen a miles de nuevos lectores cada ano. Sus mas distinguidas y populares obras incluyen Las cronicas de Narnia, Los cuatro amores, Cartas del diablo a su sobrino y Mero cristianismo.
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Top Customer Reviews
But if you can only bare with it and keep going you realise that the vital point he is making is buried in the heart of the book, and actually the subliminal nature of reductionist and relativistic thinking is just the problem he is talking about. It was only about half way through the book that I realised what CS Lewis' message was and, more importantly, how pertinent it is to public life in 2013 Britain. Stunning.
Because of the format it is fairly inaccessible for average readers like me, but in terms of the central idea this book is a potential life-changer. An easy 5 stars.
The pressure is on to eradicate all the fundamental core values that we hold. We see our traditional values being assaulted without stirring much alarm. We reason on some of the first principles that define us as human, and human nature is the final area of "Nature" that we seek to conquer or overpower. Then who are we? Lewis argues, 'Man's conquest of Nature turns out, in the moment of its consummation, to be Nature's conquest of Man.' (p. 41) 'We have been trying like Lear, to have it both ways: to lay down our human prerogative and yet at the same time to retain it. It is impossible.' (p.43)
I must say, as pointed out by Lewis, schools today play a crucial role in "conditioning" our kids and the future generation under the regulation of the state. What Lewis has argued has happened at school today, and sadly for us, we do not have a critical voice as forceful, articulate and eloquent to expose the danger of this path for everyone to see. A sober read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Actually this must be about the fifth copy I've purchased because I keep giving them away. Such a very important - and prophetic - book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jackie S
Much celebrated, this is a horrendously difficult and arcane text to read. Good service and good quality book, however.Published 8 months ago by WeatherNerd
This is by far the best of Lewis's work. Although it is short, it is so chock-a-bloc full of insight and wisdom, and foresight, that its lain to see that when he wrote this in the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Xander Duffy
I bought this as it is meant to be a seminal work. I am a scientist and therefore found this book really hard work, but it was worth all the effort to read and re-read until I made... Read morePublished on 24 July 2014 by John Neale
He has a gift for exposing and elegantly conveying the truth. A short number but one that everyone should read and meditate onPublished on 14 Jun. 2014 by Dave
I feel validated after reading this. All I have thought to be wrong with society demonstrated more eloquently than any modern author could. Read morePublished on 16 April 2014 by Dai A G Prout