Customer Reviews for

Absence of Mind: The Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern Myth of the Self

Average Rating 4
( 4 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 4 Customer Reviews
Page 1 of 1
  • Posted June 22, 2011

    One of today's great public intellectuals

    Marilynne Robinson is one of today's great public intellectuals. Her published works are few in number but their substance outweighs just about anyone else who writes on serious topics. One of the reasons for that is her honesty in having actually read and studied what she comments on. It's a mark of how far in decline Anglo American culture is that the basic fact of serious scholarship, knowing what you're talking about, is considered a distinction. Absence of Mind is a series of essays that take on some of the big topics, evolutionary psychology, cognitive science, etc. and the intellectual umbrella for them, materialism. The central essay, which takes on the materialist treatment of altruism is one of the greatest English language essays in many years. It's worth noting that E. O. Wilson, himself, has been walking away from Hamilton's odd form of selfish-altruism in the period since it was first given, much to the horror of those for whom it is one of their articles of materialist faith. By the end of the book Robinson has done an excellent job of establishing that instead of science amassing a body of evidence that leads inevitably to materialism, an ideological effort aping the form and language of science is inventing that evidence out of materialist dogma. As in so many things online, ideologues of materialism try to slant ratings in ways more explicitly seen in Sarah Palin's fans altering the Paul Revere article in Wikipedia. It might work temporarily to induce superficial people to not pick up the book but superficial people probably wouldn't have stayed with it anyway. In some of the online commentary on excerpts of Absence of Mind the idea that her sentences are too long seems to be intended as an absolute refutation of its value. But silly people can't undo what she has done. This is a magnificent book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted May 8, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    This is one of our most forceful, convincing commentators on the impact of Christianity on society. And here she takes on the myths that drive "science"-based thought against religion.

    A different and equally powerful commentary, touching both liberal and conservative views of our times is found in The Death of Adam, especially in the included essay on Puritans and Prigs.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013



    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 4 Customer Reviews
Page 1 of 1