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  • Writer's pictureJuhani Silvola

A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women by Siri Hustvedt

This is also just a short post to show where I want to go with this blog. If I had that power, I would make this great book compulsory reading for everyone, especially people who go on to study anything. But really, everyone should read this. It's a brick of a book (505 pages), containing three long essays, each of them essential reading. This post is also a reminder for myself to re-read this book, it's been a while now.

It's difficult to pick a favourite essay here, but off the top of my head I would say that the second essay, The Delusions of Certainty, feels very important. This is because it is perhaps the most foundational, addressing life/death, biology, psychology, theories of the mind and the mind-body problem (which really is the central topic here), science and it's limits etc etc. Basically, how the way the western (male) mind has looked at the world is not on as solid ground as many would like to think. I really have to re-read this one before trying to do more justice to the essay. In the meantime, I highly recommend you to get this book and find out for yourself!

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