SELF & UNSELF
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 the source and synthesis of metaphysics, science, art, language, sex, gender, character, culture, history, self-knowledge, love and death. Neither optimistic nor pessimistic, neither objective nor subjective, neither theist nor atheist, Self & Unself expresses the unfathomable paradox at the root of all branches of human experience, providing the reader with a new, radical ground of understanding, 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 has nobody come anywhere near solving the mysteries of science?
- Why are philosophers baffled by reality?
- Why must the mediocre man rely on method?
- Why do the realest times of our lives feel unreal?
- Why do great people look like great people?
- Why do we find masks so terrifying?
- Why doesn’t the anxious mind get the joke?
- Why do people almost never suffer for the reasons they think they do?
- Why does the mind go looking for things to feel bad about?
- Why do people cling to absurd beliefs?
- Why did we build this god-awful world?
Self and Unself solves these, and many other mysterious whys, by laying bare the what that lies behind them.
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…this book is extraordinary …Allen has written a book that has both a metaphysical rigor and a fierce aliveness to it!… Very unique, well crafted, and deeply enriching! - Amazon review (Ted Saad)
Truly original, deeply researched and intellectually supercharged, Self and Unself is an account of who and what we - civilised humanity, as we like to flatter ourselves - are truly. - Goodreads review (‘Mr. Paul’)
I think it is an extraordinary achievement, full of revelation and truth. - Reader email (‘Michael’)
Thoroughly engaging, riveting, discombobulating, confronting and insightful. It's hard to find original wisdom and understanding these days but this has it. - Review on Twitter (‘@Thingsthatmat’)
I have just finished Self and Unself and want to say how much I enjoyed reading it, and what a wonderful work it is. - Reader email (‘P’)
Mindblowing. Nothing like it exists. - Reader email (‘A.G.’)
…it is quite possibly the most difficult reading I have ever undertaken. Not because [the] prose isn’t masterful and the subject matter wholly gripping, but [because]… my self isn't particularly keen [on] examination… - Reader email (‘Mr.W.’)
…a delightfully accurate portrayal of basically everything, with fresh / age old insights and a relatively clear steering toward how one might gain more contentment in life; living. - Goodreads review (‘Aden Weir’)
A work of art. - Goodreads review (‘Jono Maile’)
…the only meaningful philosophical advance since Wittgenstein. …I think it's fair to say it changed my life and is one of the only times a book has made me feel like I'd taken drugs. The colours! - Reader Email (‘Charlie’)
Self and Unself is one of the best and most consequential books I’ve come across. - Reader Mail (‘Timothy’)
To say this book is just ok, or good, or whatever is to completely not get it. It is the culmination of all human philosophical pondering. - Amazon Review (‘Taylor’ — since deleted, for some reason)
‘Masterful writing… rare wisdom and punchiness.’ - Goodreads Review (‘David’)
Books like this don't come around often. Made my ego scream and life vivid. - Goodreads Review (‘Fackermack’)
…not only intellectually stimulating but also uplifting. - Paul Cudenec (read his review here: tinyurl.com/2p8b37e3)