A Guide for the Perplexed

A Guide for the Perplexed

The author of the world wide best-seller, Small Is Beautiful, now tackles the subject of Man, the World, and the Meaning of Living. Schumacher writes about man's relation to the world. man has obligations -- to other men, to the earth, to progress and technology, but most importantly himself. If man can fulfill these obligations, then and only then can he enjoy a real rela The author of the world wide best-seller, Small Is Beautiful, now tackles the subject of Man, the World, and the Meaning ...

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Title:A Guide for the Perplexed
Author:Ernst F. Schumacher
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Genres:Philosophy
ISBN:Guide for the Perplexed
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:160 pages pages

A Guide for the Perplexed Reviews

  • Nathan Albright
    Nov 09, 2018
    It took me months to get this book from the library.  I requested this book originally three months ago, and the book was lost within the library system for most of that time.  Then when the book was found and finally sent to me, it took three weeks to get transferred to me.  I thin...
  • Drick
    Jul 01, 2012
    In this 1977 book, economist E.f.Schumacher explains the philosophical theory of the Great Chain of Being, the way in which human life is the culmination of a long evolutionary pattern thru history which leads to greater autonomy, freedom and self-awareness. Schumacher's ultimate purpo...
  • Edwin
    May 05, 2010
    You can shoot a million holes in each argument made on each page. I thought it would be interesting but I gave up after a dozen or so arguments that were just falling out of the air without any proof or whatever. ...
  • Philip Jordan
    Jun 03, 2008
    What amazing incite of life, from one of the great philosophical minds of the 20th century. 140 pages never covered so much difficult terrain... and the ride is so smooth & clear, you won't even spill your coffee! :) I recommend this book to all those who are done/over/through w...
  • Erik
    Oct 21, 2009
    Schumacher outlines a framework to describe the world and how we know it; it is a map for philosophy. The outline truly does make it easier to grasp various deep ideas that can be hard for the unlearned like myself to get in my head. The first idea to understand is that there are Fo...
  • Maria
    Jul 14, 2009
    E.F. Schumacher's second book, "A Guide for the Perplexed," starts out by describing a map he consulted in Leningrad (before the fall of the USSR) to find out where he was, only to find out that it had ommitted several enormous churches that were right in front of him. When he asked a ...
  • Jason
    Feb 24, 2011
    As people turned their interests increasingly to the visible world, the distinction between soul and Spirit became more difficult to maintain and tended to be dropped altogether; man, therefore, was represented as a being compounded of body and soul. With the rise of materialistic Scie...
  • Bob Hamilton
    Mar 02, 2011
    I remember being very perplexed when I was led to this book. I guess that's what drew me to the title in the first place. I was already aware of "Small is Beautiful" so Schumacher was a familiar name. I was very taken with his notion of philosophical map making. I don't think I had qui...
  • Harper R
    Mar 22, 2013
    A brilliant book utilzes St Augustine as a departure point to consider 4 zones of human enquiry. The 4 zones are an intriguing way to classify the natural and human sciences. Schumacher shows us fixating on one domain only as having the only real truth - leads to folly and a sick cultu...
  • Charlie
    May 06, 2018
    I have very mixed feelings about this book. Having recently read some extremely positivist neuroscience by the likes of Daniel Dennett and others, it was refreshing to come across a book that takes subjectivity seriously as well as the possibility of the human ability to attain a sense...
  • Jim
    May 31, 2011
    The author starts out very well. In the beginning, he makes the case that perception of reality is not the same as measurable reality. He uses the example of mathematicians through history spending their whole lives chasing after measurable facts in search of the fabric of reality. The...
  • Documentally
    Aug 11, 2013
    A profoundly important book. I read this at a time i was searching for answers and it taught me to stay curious but instead of endlessly searching, to start making my own maps. If I had to have a bible, it would be this. ...
  • Christine
    Mar 27, 2013
    EF Schumacher is one my favorite modern day philosophers. Though he published in the 1970s, his thoughts are only coming to light now. Wouldn't be surprised if social change theories being used and published today were influenced by this works. When he talks about mapping in the first ...
  • Andrew
    Sep 17, 2018
    I'm writing a more detailed review for the Eighth Day Books catalog for Fall/Winter 2018, so I'll just say here that if you want to be thoughtful about thinking and if you want philosophical thought made as clear and actionable as possible, this is your book. I recommend it for eve...
  • Quentin Crisp
    Feb 09, 2017
    Basically, brilliant. It's past midnight so there's no way I'm going to write a nuanced review of this. With this book, Schumacher attempts to provide what might be called a rough map of areas of uncertain knowledge that are, as he claims, much more important than the areas of knowl...
  • Kin
    Nov 10, 2018
    I do like some points being mentioned in this book. There are several i am not on the same page with and some others made me confused. Reading this book to me feels like going on another class of ontology and epistemology, which is not my cup of tea. ...
  • Melissa
    May 08, 2019
    Essential reading. The author set out to define philosophical mind map for modern humans. He begins by defining the four levels of being--- including the observation that humans have consciousness and are capable of self awareness, thus delineating them from animals. With the ability t...
  • Kenneth
    May 20, 2012
    Very interesting book named after the classic by Moses Maimonides. States clearly the differences between inanimate objects, organic matter, sentient creatures and human consciousness. Also of interest, Schumacher explains the distinctions between the outer self and the inner self. ...
  • Aust
    Sep 04, 2012
    I must admit that the only reason I finished this book was so that I could tell you how I disliked it. At first I rather enjoyed the language but soon enough his arguments felt ill prepared and often resorted to the "and therefore this is obviously the right thing" kind of reasoning, w...
  • Keisar Betancourt
    Feb 28, 2019
    By the end of chapter four i've ensured straw men, reductio ad absurdum, false analogies, and a complete mess of conflating various ideas of thought, feeling, knowledge, and faith. The first section fails to defend the idea that the Stages of Being are discontinuous, necessarily or...
  • Tristan Copley Smith
    Mar 08, 2019
    Interesting perspectives and very life affirming at moments, but I ultimately am left wanting Schumacher's honesty or clarity about what drives his personal beliefes, especially those regarding god and religion, which come up often in the book. What does "God" actually mean to him? It ...
  • Caroline
    Aug 14, 2013
    I don't like the arrogant tone or the complaints about "modern society" and its values, which are poorly articulated and not defended. I don't agree that there is a linear progression from mineral >> self-aware human + also maybe God comes after that. Rather, I believe that all f...
  • Karen
    Nov 26, 2018
    A bit all over the place. But there are many profound moments. Taken with a huge grain of salt, this has helped me feel ever so slightly less perplexed. ...
  • Zanna
    Aug 01, 2013
    Schumacher makes some useful points, such as that we think of ourselves in terms of our intentions and others in terms of their actions, but his thinking is weighted and prejudiced by his deep religiosity and preference for mysticism. The negative assessments he makes of scientific thi...
  • Venky
    Sep 10, 2016
    Ernst F.Schumacher was at the forefront of the German Economic revival post the ruins and devastation wreaked by the catastrophic World War II. Schumacher in addition to being a formidable economist was also a pioneer in a movement to better understand and preserve the ecological syste...
  • Sakib
    Sep 17, 2017
    This book is a heavy read, but is an absolutely brilliant piece of scholarship. Really enjoyed reading it. E. F. Schumacher takes the reader on a journey of how he thinks about the world, with the goal to help you see the world a little more clearly, and to prioritise the use of on...
  • Misha Parlier
    Dec 19, 2016
    Someone should fix the ebook version This book is unreadable, that is, the ebook version. The words are not always put together, ex: "tr y t o re a d s om e t hing l ik e t hi s." Now imagine entire paragraphs formed in this way. It seems that they attempted to compensate for thi...
  • Jonathan Schwab
    Jun 12, 2017
    Was sent Schumacher's direction by a retirement lecture given by Father James Schall (formerly of Georgetown). Not heavily technical philosophy (mercifully) but perhaps towards the heavy end of "lay" philosophy. I think (for me) it is worth an almost immediate re-read. I've hea...
  • Felipe
    Aug 24, 2017
    I wish I could give separate ratings for different parts of the book. There are certainly some very interesting insights as to different ways of seeing things - the book really challenges you to rethink of what is good or bad, and to what extent. Unfortunately the book then goes a bit...
  • Evan Lutz
    Jun 04, 2019
    This, if not the best non-fiction book I've ever read, then is at least the most insightful, informative, and impacting. It is amazing to me how much good content is contained within this short volume. Schumacher uses basic, common-sense principles to construct a philosophical map,...