The Abolition of Man

The Abolition of Man

by C. S. Lewis
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The Abolition of Man by C. S. Lewis

In The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis, the beloved educator and author, reflects on education, society, and nature. Dividing his book into three essays, "Men Without Chests," "The Way," and "The Abolition of Man," Lewis uses his graceful prose, delightful humor, and keen understanding of the human mind to challenge our notions about how to best teach our children - and ourselves - not merely reading and writing, but also a sense of morality.

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ISBN-13: 9780020867906
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 09/28/1978
Pages: 128

About the Author

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.

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) fue uno de los intelectuales más importantes del siglo veinte y podría decirse que fue el escritor cristiano más influyente de su tiempo. Fue profesor particular de literatura inglesa y miembro de la junta de gobierno en la Universidad Oxford hasta 1954, cuando fue nombrado profesor de literatura medieval y renacentista en la Universidad Cambridge, cargo que desempeñó hasta que se jubiló. Sus contribuciones a la crítica literaria, literatura infantil, literatura fantástica y teología popular le trajeron fama y aclamación a nivel internacional. C. S. Lewis escribió más de treinta libros, lo cual le permitió alcanzar una enorme audiencia, y sus obras aún atraen a miles de nuevos lectores cada año. Sus más distinguidas y populares obras incluyen Las Crónicas de Narnia, Los Cuatro Amores, Cartas del Diablo a Su Sobrino y Mero Cristianismo.

Date of Birth:

November 29, 1898

Date of Death:

November 22, 1963

Place of Birth:

Belfast, Nothern Ireland

Place of Death:

Headington, England

Education:

Oxford University 1917-1923; Elected fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford in 1925

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the most concise treatment of postmodernism--and all of its absurdities--that I have ever read. This is my fourth time through it and its better than the last. Definitely my favorite book.
OniC89 More than 1 year ago
This is a short concise reading. It captures you from the first to the last sentence. In between it offers you great knowledge and respective concept. It analyzes each of its claims and deliver them with example which widen the understanding of the reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lewis tackles the very daunting subjects of ethics and reason in this short but gratifying read. However this book is not for the faint of heart and can be difficult to understand at times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is amazing to me to see how long the author's wisdom abides on this planet. My intellect was very much stimulated by the profound understanding of the author regarding morality and 'Man's conquest of Nature.' It became clear to me that the human institution consists not only of body, but soul also. A whole new perspective on life can be learned from this very small book. The precipice reached in this title is this for sure: 'He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life' (RSV-John 12:25). There surely is a prophetic touch to this powerful dissertation. If you seek to understand the 'signs of the times,' don't let this book pass you by!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put the book down. Short but packed with thought provoking widom.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This rather lengthy essay is a difficult read for those without a decent exposure to classical education. Familiarity with Latin, Greek, world philosophies, "STEM", and logic will serve very well in following Chesterton's reasoning. All that "stuff" is required, but that background knowledge makes the task easier. Chesterton's treatment of the prevailing social, personal, and scientific ethics of the latter 19th thru 20th centuries are absolutely stunning - even if one doesn't quite agree with him. This essay will force the reader to think clearly and deeply about his own ethical positions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If I could recommend one single book (aside from the scriptures) in the entire world for a young person to read that would help them in life, it would be "The Abolition of Man" by CS Lewis. It's a short book-----really it's an essay. This book does more to explain and expose the moral relativism that has poisoned our society....from politics, to academia, to popular culture. Aristotle stated: "the aim of education is to make the pupil like and dislike what he ought." Aristotle was referring to objective truth. The world we live in today has largely rejected the reality of objective truth. The culture today lies to us and tells us that there is no objective morality, truth, or right and wrong. This is a lie. The Chinese speak of the TAO---the TAO is the reality beyond all predicates. it is the doctrine of objective value. It is the belief that certain things and beliefs are really true, and others are really false. It is the doctrine of "objective order" that should rule our thoughts and actions. The "Abolition of Man" explodes the lie of our age....the lie that all things have equal value and the lie that nothing is inherently bad and nothing is inherently good.
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I love C.S. Lewis, and this is a brilliant work. The formatting for this copy is very easy to read and true to the Harper Collins form.
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Lewis once again says it like it is, and once more he leaves me challenged at his message and staggered at his endless intellectual depth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Despite its brevity (just over 100 pages), Lewis' *Abolition* get my vote as one of the great books of the 20th Century. The argument of the book is (in my opinion) a devastating critique of the moral subjectivism that is required by a Darwinian account of human morality. Of those who would, on the one hand, assure us that moral judgments are merely descriptions of personal sentiment and, on the other, affirm some set of cherished values (while exhorting others to do the same), Lewis writes, 'They castrate and bid the geldings to be fruitful.' The argument of Chapter Two, 'The Way,' is a gem, echoing (whether wittingly or not)the Kantian critique of empirical traditions in morality that would seek to derive moral laws from our knowledge of human nature or of the circumstances in which humans are placed. Both Lewis and Kant show that the resulting morality is a morality in name only.
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