Book Review of The Abolition of Man

The Abolition of Man
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C.S. Lewis' Abolition of Man was an interesting read. I actually didn't know what the book was about when I started - it's basically Lewis' refutation of a section of a textbook. Very interesting. And I admire how Lewis keeps the book anonymous. The only thing is I know want to know the name of book. Oh well. I'm sure I could find out if I looked hard enough.

I'm going to quote from the book now:




But you cannot go on "explaining away" for ever: you will find that you have explained explanation itself away. You cannot go on "seeing through" things for ever. The whole point of seeing through something is to see something through it. It is good that the window should be transparent, because the street of garden beyond it is opaque. How if you saw through the garden too? It is no use trying to "see through" first principles. If you see through everything, then everything is transparent. But a wholly transparent world is an invisible world. To "see through" all things is the same as not to see.




The book is logical. I like it, and I think you should read it.

(originally published: http://sophiesmindset.blogspot.com/2007/07/huxley-lewis-and-austen.html)