In Defence of Wonder by Raymond Tallis

In Defence of Wonder is a set of  lively and provocative essays. Polymath Raymond Tallis ( and exposes woolly thinking and pulls the rug from beneath a wide range of commentators whether scientist, theologian, philosopher, or pundit. He takes to task much of contemporary science and philosophy, arguing that they are guilty of taking us down every narrowing conduits of problem solving that only invite ever more complex responses and in doing so have lost sight of ‘wonder’ — the metaphysical intoxication that first gave birth to philosophy 2,500 years ago.

Tallis tackles some meaty topics — memory, time, language, truth, fiction, consciousness — but always with his characteristic verve, insight and wit. These essays showcase Tallis’s skill for getting to the heart of the matter and challenging us to see, and wonder, in different ways. Wonder is the proper state of humankind, and as these essays show, it has no more forceful a champion than Raymond Tallis.

256 pages in Acumen Publishing Ltd. paperback edition

ISBN 978-1844655250

Raymond Tallis
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