Self and Unself (Paperback)
'Who am I?' Such an easy question; and yet I keep getting it wrong.
An original, wide-ranging and accessible philosophy of all and everything, presenting a synthesis of metaphysics, science, psychology, art, sex, gender, character, culture and history. Neither optimistic nor pessimistic, objective nor subjective, theist nor atheist, Self and Unself expresses the unfathomable paradox at the root of all branches of human experience, providing a new, radical ground of understanding, and solving, en route, all the actually important questions of philosophy; who I am, who you are, why we are here and what on earth is going on.
Everything? Yes, nothing.
Why are philosophers and scientists baffled by reality?
Why must the mediocre man rely on method?
Why do the realest times of our lives feel unreal?
Why do women value men who 'don't take themselves seriously'?
Why do we find masks so terrifying?
Why doesn't the anxious mind get the joke?
Why do people never suffer for the reasons they think they do?
Why do people cling to absurd beliefs?
Why did we build this god-awful world?
Why am I still discontent?
Why am I still here?
Self and Unself solves these, and many other mysterious whys, by laying bare the what that lies behind them.
It is so much better than you think.
It is so much worse than you think.