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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (30 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844656667
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844656660
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 444,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This book will be my companion for life' --A. N. Wilson, The Spectator

About the Author

Raymond Tallis trained as a doctor before going on to become Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Manchester. He was elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences for his research in clinical neuroscience. He retired from medicine in 2006 to become a full-time writer. He has published over a dozen books of cultural criticism and philosophical anthropology including 'Aping Mankind' (Acumen, 2011), and 'In Defence of Wonder' (Acumen, 2012).


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I would not normally read this kind of book and it took discipline to get through it as it is not an easy read. However, it is certainly worthwhile and provokes thoughts that will continue to inform and encourage questioning fashionable "Certainties". The chapter on assisted suicide was excellent, regardless of whether one agreed with its conclusion or not. The whole idea of consciousness, what it is and how we understand it, as one of the great unexplored areas that will challenge philosophers and thinkers in general over this century was well argued. An excellent book.
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Compelling, if complex. The brain is not the conscious spirit is the main impression given. A good riposte to materialism.
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HASH(0x99d628a0) out of 5 stars Great reading from a humanist philospher who has enough 1 July 2014
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of an understanding of medicine (he is a medical doctor) and hard science to seriously challenge "scientism" and demonstrate the problem with looking at human existence in a way that ignores the person (the "I") that is doing the living. This is a series of wide-ranging essays and was a pleasure to read
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HASH(0x99a11f84) out of 5 stars A physician considers metaphysics 2 Oct. 2013
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Dr Tallis is a retired physician who specialised in geriatric medicine. In this series of essays, he deals with some of the broader metaphysical issues raised both by the current scientific paradigm and by our treatment of our fellow human beings. His presentation of his chosen topics is resolutely non-religious, and where he chooses to draw conclusions he presents them to the reader in a fully rational and very persuasive manner. I've passed the book on to my children in the hope that they will be as convinced by Dr Tallis's arguments as I am.
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HASH(0x9a3a0168) out of 5 stars Brilliant 24 Sept. 2013
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The essays on Caring and not Caring, Medical ethics and The Right to an Assisted Death should be obligatory reading for all health care professionals. Beautifully written and argued with logic.
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