Soul Machine: The Invention of the Modern Mind


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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.2 X 9.4 X 2.1 inches | 0.02 pounds
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About the Author

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


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
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 electrifying narrative of the intellectual disputes that gave rise to the Western conception of the mind . . . highly engaging.
Fascinating . . . masterful intellectual history.
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
Remarkably vivid. . . . It is still true that nothing less than the meaning of life depends on how we think of minds, souls, persons, and selves. Makari's book is a fine reminder of a contested space and a contested debate that we continue to inhabit after all these many years.
In the replacement of the ancient doctrine of the soul with the secular conception of the mind, Makari discerns an epoch-making shift . . . an impressively multifaceted narrative.
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