C. S. Lewis The Abolition of Man

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The Abolition of Man

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The Abolition of Man is one of C.S. Lewis’s most important and influential works. In three weighty lectures, given at the height of the Second World War, Lewis defends the objectivity of value, pointing to the universal moral law that all great philosophical and religious traditions have recognized. This critical edition, prepared by Michael Ward, helps readers get the most out of Lewis’s classic work with an introduction placing the book in the context of his life and times; a fully annotated version of the text; a commentary on key passages; and a set of questions for group discussion or individual reflection. Scholarly, detailed, yet accessible, it is the must-have version of an essential volume. Endorsements

In this brilliant book, Ward demonstrates the profound importance of Lewis’s The Abolition of Man both philosophically and theologically, as well as culturally. Ward's expert introduction, commentary, and notes helps us to read Lewis’s masterpiece in depth from a contemporary, fair minded, clear perspective. Its publication should be celebrated by both scholars and newcomers to Lewis's enduring work.

—CHARLES TALIAFERRO, Professor of Philosophy, St. Olaf College

Michael Ward has produced a masterful critical edition of The Abolition of Man. His introduction and notes help the reader to appreciate both the book's context and content, enabling the text to come alive. All of Lewis's readers are in his debt for this work.

—TERENCE CUNEO, Marsh Professor of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy, University of Vermont

Michael Ward has provided readers with an extremely enjoyable and timely work that brings out the genius of Lewis. The Abolition of Man is framed between Ward’s informative essay about the historical setting of the book and his perceptive commentary on the text. Anyone interested in Lewis’s philosophical thought will benefit from Ward’s insights.

—STEWART GOETZ, Professor of Philosophy, Ursinus College

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C.S. Lewis's The Abolition of Man purports to be a book specifically about public education, but its central concerns are broadly political, religious, and philosophical. In the best of the book's three essays, "Men Without Chests," Lewis trains his laser-sharp wit on a mid- century English high school text, considering the ramifications of teaching British students to believe in idle relativism, and to reject "the doctrine of objective value, the belief that certain attitudes are really true, and others really false, to the kind of thing the universe is and the kinds of things we are." Lewis calls this doctrine the "Tao," and he spends much of the book explaining why society needs a sense of objective values. The Abolition of Man speaks with astonishing freshness to contemporary debates about morality; and even if Lewis seems a bit too cranky and privileged for his arguments to be swallowed whole, at least his articulation of values seems less ego-driven, and therefore is more useful, than that of current writers such as Bill Bennett and James Dobson. --Michael Joseph Gross

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In The Abolition of Man, C. S. Lewis sets out to persuade his audience of the importance and relevance of universal values such as courage and honor in contemporary society. Both astonishing and prophetic, this book is one of the most debated of Lewis's extraordinary works. National Review chose it as number seven on their "100 Best Nonfiction Books of the Twentieth Century."

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