"Absence of Mind: The Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern Myth of the Self" by Marilynne Robinson

Monday, 02 Jul 2012

"she is here taking to task the scientific reductionism that afflicts the modern world even as it claims to be doing the exact opposite."
Good books that are well written are an increasing rarity these days. That is why it is always a pleasure to find a new volume from the pen of Marilynne Robinson, who is not only a novelist of distinction but also a careful and stylish essayist. In Absence of Mind she turns her attention to the self-satisfied establishment of the cultured despisers of religion and does so with subtly devastating effect. The subtitle gives the clue to the book's theme: she is here taking to task the scientific reductionism that afflicts the modern world ...

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