Modern Classics: The Abolition of Man
A classically trained literary scholar, C.S. Lewis has long been a beloved author of children’s books and well-known for his writings on religion and ethics. This group will discuss The Abolition of Man, in which Lewis criticizes the inadequate view of human nature that is implicit in modern education.
Open to undergraduates. Space is limited; for more information please contact Peter Wicks.
C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man (HarperCollins, 2000).
Most of all, perhaps, we need intimate knowledge of the past. Not that the past has any magic about it, but because we cannot study the future, and yet need something to set against the present, to remind us that the basic assumptions have been quite different in different periods and that much which seems certain to the uneducated is merely temporary fashion. […] The scholar has lived in many times and is therefore in some degree immune from the great cataract of nonsense that pours from the press and the microphone of his own age.
C.S. Lewis, “Learning in War-time”