This narrative begins with a description of the human self in terms of a naturalistic explanation of human nature and concludes by suggesting how we all may enter into meaningful dialogue from the common conceptual ground that is our shared humanity.
"This book is not written to comfort those who might find my views congenial, nor to shock and offend those whose ideas I question. The ideal reader would engage in a common quest with me; he would be willing to reconsider his views and some of his basic decisions in the course of this quest. To that end, it might help if we had some common ground in the beginning--not a common platform but some recognition of our common humanity."
Read an excerpt of the introduction here.