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The Restitution of Man: C. S. Lewis and the Case Against Scientism [Paperback]

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Pages   120
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.25" Width: 5.28" Height: 0.36"
Weight:   0.37 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1983
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  080284491X  
EAN  9780802844910  

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A trained philosopher and intellectual historian as well as a writer of genius, C. S. Lewis was one of the most lucid, profound, and eloquent critics of the reductive scientific materialism that has helped make the twentieth century so destructive and confused. The Restitution of Man examines the conflict between scientific materialism and the Christian philosophical tradition as it has taken place since the seventeenth century. It examines Lewis's role as inheritor of and spokesman of this tradition and as an articulate opponent of reductive naturalism and "the abolition of man" that materialistic ideologies always entail. In probing the breadth of Lewis's writings, Michael Aeschliman shows why Lewis's apologetic for the Christian view of man is a precious resource for the transmission of human sanity, ethics, and wisdom in an age that has frequently ignored or obliterated all three. This revised edition of Aeschliman's acclaimed study includes a new foreword by George Gilder and a new afterword by the author.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Michael D. Aeschliman is Professor of Education at Boston University, Professor of English at the University of Italian Switzerland, and author of The Restitution of Man: C. S. Lewis and the Case against Scientism (1983, 1998). A widely published scholar and literary critic, he edited in 1987 a new edition of Malcolm Muggeridge's 1934 satirical-documentary novel, Winter in Moscow.

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Great intro to Lewis and the Philosophy of Science  Sep 17, 2003
This is a really first rate book for a number of reasons. First, those who have an interest in the relationship between science, religion, and reason since the 17th century will be captivated by the intelligent assimilation of many of the leading philosophers of science and ethics, along with a slew of theologians, giving the whole tenor of the book a flavor of insight and wisdom. Secondly, readers with an interest in C. S. Lewis will find this slim book the perfect introduction to his approach to the question of knowledge, conscience, and science- dovetailing with his classic, The Abolition of Man. A third reason why this book is so useful is that it is written in a manner that is clear enough for the novice, but insightful enough to give the more advanced thinker something to chew on. In fact, it is chuck full of insight that I felt as if I read a much longer work when I was finished. A final reason; the importance of the subject matter is such that it merits to be studied and considered by anyone who tries to think and act upon their religious-philosophical beliefs. So many non-Christians reject not Christianity, but a weird version of it that they either concocted in their heads or saw on the television. Real Christianity is something much more different than the wishy-washy Zwinglian brand that is sold today to the masses- a faith that is robust, the actual foundation of scientific inquiry, and capable of meeting the challenges of a secular society head on with sanctity, intellectual rigor, and compassion. That is the heart of this fantastic book.

A real wreaking ball to scientific materialism.

Powerful argument against scientism (not science)  Dec 1, 2001
In this beautiful and powerful little book Michael D. Aeschliman calls on a host of witnesses from throughout history and from various disciplines, including philosophers, poets, and scientists in order to build his case against scientism. Not to be confused with science, scientism is a philosophical belief system which claims that the material world is the only objective reality there is and that human beings are essentially nothing more than "machines made of meat." It claims that all values are ultimately subjective and denies that human beings are essentially rational. As the title denotes, the most prevalent of the witnesses Aeschliman calls on to support his case is C.S. Lewis, whom he sees as the foremost defender of the common sense tradition that has informed our view of ourselves as human for most of the history of western civilization. The book is beautifully written and easy to read, much like the writings of Lewis himself, and is full of wonderful, powerful quotes that you'll find yourself wanting to memorize. If you are interested in the writings and thought of C.S. Lewis you owe it to yourself to check out this book. I know of no better book written about Lewis and his thought. This book affected my intellectual life profoundly. This is not only a resource to be utilized for the information it contains, but a treasure to be cherished and returned to again and again.

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