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Both astonishing and prophetic, The Abolition of Man remains one of C. S. Lewis's most controversial works. Lewis sets out to persuade his audience of the ongoing importance and relevance of universal objective values, such as courage and honor, and the foundational necessity of natural law. He also makes a cogent case that a retreat from these pillars of our educational system, even if in the name of "scientism", would be catastrophic. National Review lists it as number seven on their "100 Best Nonfiction Books of the 20th Century".

©1947 C.S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. Copyright renewed (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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Classic

This is a classic work from Lewis. Helpful in understanding the importance of a real, objective morality.

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Lewis the philosopher, not the theologian

The performance is flawless.
The book is well written, but more mentally taxing than most of Lewis, as it is, in a sense, a philosophical critique of modern science.


This book was nothing that I expected. Not that I had any idea what it was going to be about when I started listening to it. I chose it because it's Lewis, and I have loved everything he's written. And as with his other work, I was expecting this to be a theological work.

It is not.

I am sure it's influenced by his Christian values, but this is rather a philosophical critique of modern society's obsession with progress. Of how Lewis' culture was losing its appreciation of a thing in its pursuit of understanding it.

I would recommend this book, as I think I agree with Lewis' point, and feel it's still valid today, however, with a caveat. This was at times difficult to follow/understand for someone expecting another theological discussion.

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As prophetic is 1984

CS Lewis gets to the heart of several issues afflicting modern society. Between subtle indoctrination in school curricula to the dangers of microagressiins, he eloquently points out the dangers and the practices quite simple and clear terms.

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great book!

Quick read! You will love how well it flows as well as the wealth of knowledge!

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My only convincing defense of objectivity.

Just read it, then read some Kierkegaard and Buber's I and Thou to help you see that perhaps Lewis's Tao rests on a relationship with God.

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The man is a genius

While this book is probably better in the written format, due in large part to the heavy nature and density of the ideas put forward, it is an essential read in any format. Short, but for that it still makes a brilliant case.

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Preaching to the choir

The book is an exhaustive explication of why morality can not be founded on society but rather must be a universal law outside opinion and not subjective. I find this point to be Elementary and though this book addresses that well it was not helpful to my personal development.

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  • Lynda
  • Davenport, IA United States
  • 08-28-17

A long essay. Beautifully reasoned and thoughtful.

C. S. Lewis omce again gives us reason to think about the way we accept popular undercurrents in teaching and popularized thought patterns.

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  • Tommy
  • Boca Raton, FL, United States
  • 07-21-17

The Chronicles of Narnia of educational philosophy

C.S. Lewis takes the reader on an assessment of the importance of universal values. Lewis will stretch you mind, mess with your mind, and possibly, blow your mind with his careful analysis and towering thought. The Abolition of Man is to philosophy what Narnia is to literature -- an enduring masterpiece.

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Beyond rating~ Beyond value

This packs power.
Lewis is a bonafide, truth seeking intellect assessing with clarity where we stand today in our human condition.
That is, concerning mankind in it's quest for control in the march through history.
It is intellectual, a full attention read, and I advise for the average man as myself, a follow up read as a must to really lock it in.
Read it and gain wisdom of understanding.
Very well read and quality production. TRUTH