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The Taste for the Other

[The Taste for the Other] The Taste for the Other: The Social and Ethical Thought of C.S. Lewis
edited by Gilbert Meilaender
William B. Eerdmans, 1978 (Reissued by Regent College Publishing, 2003)
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Recommended by: Greg Slade

There is good news for C.S. Lewis scholars: Regent College Publishing has reissued Gilbert Meilaender's The Taste for the Other, which was originally published by Eerdmans in 1978. Meilaender makes it clear that he is not even attempting a biography, arguing that Lewis is already well covered by the existing works, which are numerous. Rather, he seeks to distill Lewis' social and ethical thought, as stated in his essays and non-fiction books, and illustrated in his fiction and poetry. I appreciate this approach, because I have long found that Lewis' non-fiction and fiction illuminate one another: when I read his non-fiction, I find statements of the principles embedded in his fiction, and when I read his fiction, I see those principles illustrated as they work out in life situations.

Meilaender attempts to lay out what Lewis' thought was, rather than defending Lewis as being "right" all the time. In fact, he does not shy away from pointing out where Lewis' thought was incomplete or undeveloped. On the other hand, he also points out case where people have attributed illogic to Lewis because they did not understand what he was trying to say. While there are a couple of issues where I take issue with Meilaender's interpretations, this is an excellent distillation of Lewis' thought as expressed in his writing, drawing on the full breadth of Lewis' oeuvre. (January, 2004)


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