#150- Percy's Lost in the Cosmos Part 2


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Scott and Karl finish their discussion of Walker Percy's 1983 book Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book.

Percy's contribution to the self-help book craze deals with the Western mind's tendency toward heavy abstraction. With that, he invites readers to think about how we communicate with our world.

The duo dives into Percy's take on the problem with the self and the way that language works. Karl says, "You can see the cosmos around you but you can also see what it could be... because you have a world that has meaning but it may not be physical."

Does Percy see that ability as a gift or a curse?

Scott warns, "This is a particular kind of book that is not about the blessings of humanness."

Tune in for Part Two to hear Scott and Karl's opinion on the matter. Brought to you by onlinegreatbooks.com.

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