The Master and his Emissary

The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World


Iain McGilchrist


Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2009
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Printing Details

First edition, fourth printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 24 × 16cm, ix + 597pp.

Iain McGilchrist presents a fascinating exploration of the differences between the brain's left and right hemispheres, and how those differences have affected society, history, and culture. McGilchrist draws on a vast body of recent research in neuroscience and psychology to reveal that the difference is profound: the left hemisphere is detail oriented, while the right has greater breadth, flexibility, and generosity. McGilchrist then takes the reader on a journey through the history of Western culture, illustrating the tension between these two worlds as revealed in the thought and belief of thinkers and artists from Aeschylus to Magritte.


A decent hardback copy. The wrapper is crinkled along the top edge and slightly bumped to the corners. The pages are clean and the binding secure.



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