Matthew Rose

Matthew Rose

Director & Senior Fellow, Berkeley Institute


The Abolition of Man


By early 1943, it was clear to many observers that the Allies would win the Second World War. But for C.S. Lewis, the conflict had revealed a civilizational crisis that military victory alone could not solve. He feared that the war had a exposed a terrifying ignorance about the foundations of a humane social order. He argued that to be worthy of victory,  and to avoid a degradation worse than defeat, Western nations would need to understand the basis of humanistic education. This reading group will meet to discuss Lewis’s The Abolition of Man and its argument that only universal values, rooted in man’s rational nature, can protect human dignity. For more information, or to receive a copy of the reading, please contact

Dates: Thursdays on 5/28, 6/4, 6/11
Time: 5:30-6:45 PM

Reading schedule:

5/28: Men Without Chests (pp. 1-26)
6/4: The Way (pp. 27-52)
6/11: The Abolition of Man (pp. 53-82)

Location: Zoom

This seminar is free and open to all Cal, GTU, and St. Mary’s students.