Letters To Lily: On how the world works

Letters To Lily: On how the world works

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by Alan MacFarlane
     
 

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In a frank and unpretentious series of letters addressed to a teenage granddaughter, this highly original book teaches us to know and understand the world we live in and its rules, and how to behave in it. In these thirty letters, Alan Macfarlane answers his granddaughter's questions about how the world works, how it got to be as it is, what it could be, and where

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In a frank and unpretentious series of letters addressed to a teenage granddaughter, this highly original book teaches us to know and understand the world we live in and its rules, and how to behave in it. In these thirty letters, Alan Macfarlane answers his granddaughter's questions about how the world works, how it got to be as it is, what it could be, and where she fits in. Lily's enquiries range from the intimate, personal and moral to the political, social and philosophical. What is the nature of good and evil? What is religion? How can I be truly me? Is right and wrong the same wherever you are? What is beauty? Does there have to be torture? Does money matter? Is knowledge always good? What is progress? What is truth? What is sex? Is democracy a good idea? These are just a few of the questions. In responding to Lily's challenging problems, Alan Macfarlane, from a lifetime's experience as a historian, anthropologist and teacher, ranges through history and across the world's cultures. Her questions are timeless. His answers add up to a classic.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847650887
Publisher:
Profile Books Limited
Publication date:
08/06/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
563 KB

Meet the Author

Alan Macfarlane is Professor of Anthropology at Cambridge. He has often visited and taught in Japan.

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Letters to Lily: On How the World Works 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A thoughtful book by one of the great historians, anthropologists of our times--a brilliant man who has defined and explained the most the important issues of our times in a format (letters to his granddaughter) that informs not only her of his deepest thoughts and ideas, but everyone who reads this amazing little book.