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    DescriptionIn The Soul of the World, renowned philosopher Roger Scruton defends the experience of the sacred against today's fashionable forms of atheism. He argues that our personal relationships, moral intuitions, and aesthetic judgments hint at a transcendent dimension that cannot be understood through the lens of science alone. To be fully alive--and to understand what we are--is to acknowledge the reality of sacred things. Rather than an argument for the existence of God, or a defense of the truth of religion, the book is an extended reflection on why a sense of the sacred is essential to human life--and what the final loss of the sacred would mean. In short, the book addresses the most important question of modernity: what is left of our aspirations after science has delivered its verdict about what we are? Drawing on art, architecture, music, and literature, Scruton suggests that the highest forms of human experience and expression tell the story of our religious need, and of our quest for the being who might answer it, and that this search for the sacred endows the world with a soul. Evolution cannot explain our conception of the sacred; neuroscience is irrelevant to our interpersonal relationships, which provide a model for our posture toward God; and scientific understanding has nothing to say about the experience of beauty, which provides a God's-eye perspective on reality. Ultimately, a world without the sacred would be a completely different world--one in which we humans are not truly at home. Yet despite the shrinking place for the sacred in today's world, Scruton says, the paths to transcendence remain open.


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    Title
    The Soul of the World
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Roger Scruton
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 216
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 485 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780691161570
    ISBN 10: 0691161577
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    B&T General Subject: 610
    B&T Approval Code: A13060000
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    BISAC V2.8: REL070000
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15200
    DC22: 202
    Abridged Dewey: 202
    DC23: 210
    LC classification: BL626.3 .S38 2014
    Thema V1.0: QRAB, QD
    Publisher
    Princeton University Press
    Imprint name
    Princeton University Press
    Publication date
    06 April 2014
    Publication City/Country
    New Jersey
    Author Information
    Roger Scruton is a writer and philosopher and the author of more than forty books, including "The Aesthetics of Architecture" (Princeton), "The Aesthetics of Music", "The Face of God", and "Green Philosophy". He is a visiting professor of philosophy at the University of Oxford and a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC.
    Review quote
    "[A] stately and often beautiful journey through various areas of human experience... [W]ide-ranging and intellectually impassioned."--Sarah Bakewell, Financial Times "[I]n no previous work has he woven together so successfully his thoughts on aesthetics, personhood, politics, and religion... [A] book that--for its richness, scope, and beauty--may be remembered as among his best."--Spencer Case, National Review Online "Reading Scruton is to take delight in his clarity of expression and linguistic economy, and it's to feel as though you're in the hands of a guide who is unafraid of doubts and uncertainties."--Laura Keynes, Standpoint "[F]ascinating."--Christopher Hart, Sunday Times "[C]onvincing."--Jonathan Derbyshire, Prospect "The Soul of the World is a rich and rewarding work, one composed by a scholar clearly possessing exceptional depth and broad learning."--Jerry Salyer, Catholic World Report "[T]he English conservative philosopher ... really is a gift and a wonder."--Rod Dreher, American Conservative "Once again drawing on insights offered by his conservatism he inquires into the nature of intimacy, relatedness, inter-subjectivity, moral intuitions and the capacity for aesthetic appreciation, and their implications for the sacred and transcendent in a society besotted by an arrogant scientism unprepared to accept its own profound limitations."--Mervyn Bendle, Quadrant Magazine "[A] small but elegant volume which brings to the fore Scruton's central themes of art, music, and mystery, built on the interlocking, though unfashionable, notions of beauty and truth."--Joe Gelonesi, ABC Radio National's "The Philosopher's Zone" "Scruton as usual mounts broad challenges to the conventional wisdom about nearly everything."--Steven Hayward, Power Lines "It is immensely entertaining to see Scruton run the reductionists to ground, then eviscerate them with the appetite of a hungry beagle. The Soul of the World is worth reading for the blood sport alone; but Scruton is after bigger game. His ultimate objective is the philosopher's trophy: meaning. And that, Scruton believes, lies in our experience of the sacred... The Soul of the World is a highly personal vision of a reconstructed Lebenswelt. In a series of cogent, fascinating chapters, he explains why we should set our sights on the beautiful horizon."--Dominic Green, Weekly Standard "The beginning of Scruton's book is exciting because he immediately acknowledges the emotional core of religion... Scruton gives us a welcome refocusing of the religion debate on the personal level rather than the genetic and group-selection levels... This territory--the phenomenology of religion--is where Scruton is most interesting and nuanced."--Stephen T. Asma, Chronicle Review
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    "Its passion, imagination, and sensitivity to all aspects of our world mean that this is a book that can be enjoyed by humanists as much as by those who identify themselves as religious. Scruton's God is embedded in the human world, including our art, architecture, music, and literature to which he is such a fascinating guide, which is the right place for gods to be."--Simon Blackburn, author of "Think" and "Mirror, Mirror""This is a wonderful and in many places beautiful work; closely argued, though best read not as an argument but as a genuine 'turning for home' on the part of a learned and deeply thoughtful man, who offers us hard-won insights as he fixes his gaze on our final end."--Mark Johnston, Princeton University"This is a rich and highly sensitive book, which engages the reader on many levels, and which approaches religion not doctrinally, but via the full range of human sensibility, especially moral and aesthetic, and our capacities for seeing the world not just in terms of impersonal scientific structures, but in deeply personal terms. Finely written and argued, the book is philosophically sophisticated yet accessible."--John Cottingham, Heythrop College London and University of Reading
    Table of contents
    Preface vii 1 Believing in God 1 2 Looking for People 27 3 Looking at the Brain 51 4 The First-Person Plural 76 5 Facing Each Other 96 6 Facing the Earth 115 7 The Sacred Space of Music 140 8 Seeking God 175 Index of Names 199 Index of Subjects 203