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Ego and Soul: The Modern West in Search of Meaning

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The crisis of meaning is the issue of our time. The old beliefs that guided the West have faded, without credible replacement. Who lives well? What characterizes the good life? More particularly, what may we in the modern West claim about ourselves? And, ultimately, does how we live and what we do make any sense? Concerned for today’s society and its problems as they relat ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Counterpoint (first published August 15th 1999)
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Feb 01, 2009 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book puts forward many interesting points however it is not a book that you can really read before you go to sleep. To get the best from this book you need to be able to think deeply about what the author is proposing.

I didn't think that the book really broken new ground and found the progression of the book a little disjointed but it was easy to read. I think it is the sort of book that you'll need to read put away for a while, think about and then come back and revisit it.
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Aug 29, 2013 Debra Brunk rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book - in fact, I was looking forward to reading it. The book starts out strong, with discussions on the battlegrounds between ego and soul in work, sport and love. The chapter on lower-middle-class culture was interesting; however, I don't think the author's observations are necessarily true throughout the West, particularly in the U.S. Unfortunately, as soon as we hit chapter 5, the book goes downhill. Arguments and examples come across as absolutist, leaving the reader ( ...more
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John Carroll is a professor of sociology at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, and a fellow of the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University.

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