The Abolition of Man Background

The Abolition of Man Background

First delivered as a series of lectures, C.S. Lewis's The Abolition of Man: Reflections on Education with Special Reference To the Teaching of English in the Upper Forms of Schools is a famous book. Categorized by Amazon as a book in the Christian Theological Anthropology genre, Lewis sets out to defend both objective value and natural law. He also warns of the repercussions of "debunking" these things. In the book, Lewis also reminds readers that, courage and honor are becoming increasingly more important values in the modern world.

Upon release, The Abolition of Man received unbelievably positive reviews. One reviewer called the book "simply amazing." Another loved the book, writing: "This is neither the sort of book you take to the beach for a leisurely read, nor is it the kind of book you read in bed before retiring; but this is the kind of book you need to sit up straight in a chair for, with a notebook and pen, or at least a highlighter". Regarded as Lewis' best work, The Abolition of Man is in seventh place on National Review's list of "100 Best Nonfiction Books of the Twentieth Century."

It is a serious book that is recommendable for those who are interested in the future of humanity. In the" Abolition of Man", C.S. Lewis argues that if humans do not have a common understanding of what it means to be human, some will create their understanding and impose it on others, which he believes is happening today. He describes this movement as a kind of “Tao-abolitionism” because its ultimate goal is to abolish the Tao, or natural law, which Lewis believed was based on God’s design for humanity and the universe. Lewis devotes much of his argumentation to explaining the basic principles behind what he calls “the Tao,” as well as how they relate to one another to provide an objective standard by which humans can e interpret their thoughts and decisions objectively—without having to rely solely on their subjective feelings or opinions about things like right and wrong behavior or good and evil actions.

In the book, Lewis contrasts two views of human nature: the Tao and the Green Book. The Tao is a traditional view of human nature based on centuries of wisdom and experience. In contrast, the Green Book is a modern textbook used in schools that denies the importance of traditional values and teaches students how to use scientific methods to control their environment. He argues that these two views are not agreeing because they base their assumptions on different ideas about human nature.

The Tao is a universal moral law that applies to all humans in all situations. It teaches respect for life, others, property, people who are different from you, and the environment. This law is not arbitrary or invented by any particular person or group; wise people have recognized it throughout history in every part of the world. Therefore, Lewis calls it "the Tao." He believes objective right and wrong determine our ethical behavior. The Green Book is based on the opposite assumption: there are no universally valid values and no accurate way to determine what is right and wrong. Instead, we make up our values based on our individual preferences.

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