The Riddle of the Sphinx: Essays on the Evolution of Consciousness (Hardcover)

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The Riddle of the Sphinx, a new collection of essays, illuminates an aspect of Owen Barfield rarely before seen. He writes as directly as he ever did about the nature of humanity's spiritual need in our time. Our capacities of imagination and inspiration are shown in their true dimensions.

At the same time, scholarly and wise, Barfield enables readers to appreciate these insights. He writes about how poetry begins, about language as an archive of consciousness, and about philosophy as a path to understanding how different ways of perceiving are possible.

Barfield guides us on an episodic trip through history - from ancient Israel and Greece to early Christian times, onward to medieval England, and the eras of the Renaissance and Romanticism, right up to the present day. He does not just demonstrate that there has been an evolution of consciousness; he reveals how thrilling it is when recognized.

The Sphinx's deepest riddle, Barfield knew, was: What, after all, is the human being? The evolution of consciousness, Barfield's great subject, has given many answers to that question. In the essays collected here, Owen Barfield challenges us, beyond the ready-made responses given to us, to answer the question anew, for ourselves.

Owen Barfield is one of the twentieth century's most significant writers and philosophers. Widely renowned for his insight and literary artistry, Barfield addresses key concerns of the sciences, humanities, social sciences, and arts in our time. His fellow Inklings, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, are among the leading figures influenced by Barfield's work.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780956942371
ISBN-10: 0956942377
Publisher: Barfield Press UK
Publication Date: November 10th, 2023
Pages: 378
Language: English