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The Abolition of Man

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Publisher: HarperOne
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Pages: 128
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The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis is an essential read for anyone concerned with the principles of modern society. In this classic work, Lewis makes a persuasive argument to reignite the importance and relevance of values like courage and honor in contemporary culture. The National Review has ranked The Abolition of Man as number seven on their "100 Best Nonfiction Books of the Twentieth Century" list, thus acknowledging its immense impact and influence.

One major point that Lewis emphasizes is his objection to today's popular relativism that allows for subjective truth; he emphasizes that there are universal truths and moral codes which are not subject to change due to any type of external influences. With passion and insight, he suggests ways to empirically determine what those truths will be in order for us to live ethically fulfilling lives.

Through writing this timeless piece of literature, Lewis works towards the greater goal outlined in The Abolition of Man - ultimately protecting mankind from itself. Therefore, we owe ourselves a favor by reading this classic work, understanding the issues present at hand, and tangible ways to combat them before it is too late! Pick up your copy today to learn more!

C. S. Lewis:

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and have been transformed into three major motion pictures.

Customer Reviews

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Worth Reading

Abolition of Man is a short book, however it does a fine job at defending courage and honor in society. The book was originally written in 1943, but is still relevant in our decadent period. C.S. Lewis does a terrific job at building on his points as the book progresses. Read the book as the indented audience and you'll surely leave with a thoughts to gnaw on.

Very Thought-provoking!

This book contains brilliant and important ideas that I had never heard before. Two have stuck with me long after reading this work.

The first is that the idea that our modern conception of what "reason" encompasses is highly deficient. The medievals and ancients would have included "common sense," things that do not need to be proved, such as the idea that morally good acts are worth doing.

The second memorable idea is that we are raising "men without chests," that is, without any courage or spiritedness. How can we try to achieve virtue if we don't even dare we can achieve it? This commentary is especially helpful as a young parent. We need to try harder than in times past to raise our children to have a courageous spirit. I'd like to see a modern parenting guide inspired by this book.

Few scholarly authors are capable of taking lofty ideas and "translating" them into the language of the "average Joe." This is one of Lewis's best talents. He's trying to present old ideas in new ways and is by and large extremely successful. On occasion this novelty can become excessive or can be a bit off-point, and that is frustrating. However, that just comes with the territory. This is a work for the average person, not primarily for scholars. If you want very precise language, that's what you've got Aquinas for.

Read this in the context of the audience it was intended for and you should be delighted.