Soul Machine: The Invention of the Modern Mind

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Price
$19.95
Publisher
W. W. Norton & Company
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Pages
672
Dimensions
5.5 X 1.1 X 8.2 inches | 1.1 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780393353464
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About the Author

George Makari is a psychiatrist, historian, and the author of Soul Machine: The Invention of the Modern Mind and, most recently, Of Fear and Strangers: A History of Xenophobia. Director of the DeWitt Wallace Institute and professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, he lives in New York City.

Reviews

An erudite exploration of the high-stakes struggle to make space in the modern world for that part of our being we call our minds.--Anne Harrington, Franklin L. Ford Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University and author of The Cure Within
George Makari has written an all-encompassing and invigorated account of how we have come to think about the acts of thinking and feeling. This is a book brimming with knowledge and lucid observations, one that helps us to understand the evolution of our contemporary sensibility.--Daphne Merkin, author of The Fame Lunches
An enlightening and gracefully written account of a vital aspect of our history that few of us are aware of--the replacement of the soul by the mind, and the struggle to understand its foundations in the brain.--Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of How the Mind Works and The Stuff of Thought
In this sweeping, authoritative, and lively account, George Makari chronicles the emergence of the modern mind as an appealing yet unstable object of scientific inquiry, and shows why the long-standing goal of establishing boundaries between it and the brain and even the soul has proven so elusive. Illuminating and highly engaging.--Elizabeth Lunbeck, author of The Americanization of Narcissism