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Barrett's newest study explores philosophy's most fundamental question: Does the human soul exist? Tracing the relationship of philosophy to the scientific and spiritual worlds, this book illuminates the ever-widening gap between theory and life and explains why the soul seems so unimportant to today's technocratic intellectuals.
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Metaphysical patchouli.

Much as in Irrational Man, William Barrett proves himself here to possess an immensely readable philosophical voice—reasonable, measured, sober while yet so with the timbre of an easy jocularity, and endowed with a rich passion and warmth that is both indicative of and provisioned by a deep and earnest humanity. I languidly make my way through his books with an unabated pleasure, drinking of the decanted detailing of a learned and lucid wise man. Barrett practices what he
In Death of the Soul, Barrett takes a brave excursion through the western intellectual history of mankind, via some of its prominent philosophers, in order to expose, examine, and explain the surprising chasm between the academic, over-intellectual and the common-sense, true to real-life perceptions of consciousness, the first one of suspicion and incredulity (giving birth to semi-philosophical debates like The Problem of Other Minds), the latter, one of obviousness and transparency.

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For what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the world, and lose his own soul?
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William Christopher Barrett (1913 – 1992) was a professor of philosophy at New York University from 1950 to 1979. Precociously, he began post-secondary studies at the City College of New York when 15 years old. He received his PhD at Columbia University. He was an editor of Partisan Review and later the literary critic of The Atlantic Monthly magazine. He was well-known for writing philosophical w ...more
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