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Flight From Woman

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Dr. Stern's The Flight from Woman is a study of the polarity of the sexes as reflected in the conflict between two modes of knowledge--scientific or rational, as contrasted with intuitive or poetic. In exploring this rich theme, he undertakes the psychological portraits of six representative figures whose thought and work have influenced modern man: Descartes, Goethe, ...more
Paperback, 310 pages
Published May 1st 1998 by Paragon House (first published August 1986)
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Arash Farzaneh
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is immensely valuable especially if you are interested in psychoanalysis and the history of philosophy / ideas. With impeccable insight and analysis, we are treated to biographical sketches and psychological portraits of some of the greatest minds of Western thought and civilization, including the father of modern philosophy Descartes and his many intellectual heirs in the shapes and guises of Schopenhauer, Sartre and Kierkegaard. Karl Stern also examines the lives and works of Tolstoy ...more
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Simply amazing. This is a book by a brilliant Jewish psychologist that fled Nazi Germany before the holocaust, and even converted to Christianity, Roman Catholicism, to be exact.

Anyway, it's a brilliant consideration of gender with some of the best of mid twentieth century psychology, and it's explicitly Christian--and he even quotes C.S. Lewis at the beginning and end of the book.

But it's more than that. It's a full-fledged critique of modernity as "in flight from woman." I normally hate
Joseph R.
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Two forms of knowing are commonly contrasted. On one hand is scientific, rational, discursive knowledge, the sort represented by the classical syllogism "All men are mortal, Socrates is a man, therefore Socrates is mortal." On the other hand is intuitive or poetic knowledge, the sort represented by the "lightbulb" moment when an idea becomes crystal clear instantly. Scientific knowledge breaks down a thing into its parts and sees how it is put together from an objective viewpoint. Intuition ...more
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William Johnston – The Still Point
"Karl Stern, following in the footsteps of the great psychologist [Carl Jung], has revived the picture of a defeminized, dehumanized West, rich in technology but desperately poor in intuition, poor in the wisdom called sophia. . ."
"love is inimical [hostile, in opposition to] to the slowness of discursive thinking, and if (even in human affairs) love flies straight to its object unencumbered by roundabout discourse, is it not understandable that the love of God
Wil Roese
Sep 26, 2010 rated it liked it
The book starts off well enough with the division of epistemology into a analytical form with the author calls masculine and an intuitive form he calls feminine. He than tries to show the abandonment of the feminine form starting with the dualism of Desecrate to Schopenhauer but than gets side tracked from his theme by Sartre. I had to stop reading by the time he got to Goethe.
Matthew Reed
Jun 13, 2007 is currently reading it
I've only read the essay on Count Tolstoy, but it was very very interesting. Stern is awesome. (Another Fr. Thomas recommendation).
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