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COVER STORY Federal Government should abolish Renewable Energy Certificates

ENERGY BP annual Review shows consumption, production up

CANBERRA OBSERVED NSW Labor caught in Panda's paws doing 'whatever it takes'

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM Religious discrimination bill: A litany of questions

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Boris' brinkmanship shakes up Britain, EU

WATER POLICY Angry farmers protest over Murray-Darling Basin Plan ... again

TECHNOLOGY Are we the dumbest devices in the room?

HISTORY AND POLITICS Lord Acton, nationalism and multiculturalism, Part 2

LITERATURE D.H. Lawrence: The Modernist in exile

MUSIC Dialectical transcendence

CINEMA The Farewell: Elegant and bittersweet

BOOK REVIEW Owning up to market imperfections

BOOK REVIEW Heroism and faith under tyranny

BOOK REVIEW The love that comes after love is gone

LETTERS

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THE PHILOSOPHY OF TOLKIEN:
The Worldview Behind The Lord of the Rings

Peter Kreeft

$AUD32.00


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(San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2005)
Paperback: 237 pages
ISBN: 9781586170257
Price: AUD$32.00

 

Book description

The popular philosopher and author Peter Kreeft presents what he calls “a second adventure of discovery” — a journey into the underlying philosophy of Tolkien, or his “world-view”. Topics covered include the existence of God, the supernatural, angels, cosmology, the war of good and evil, the virtues, friendship and divine providence.

While nothing can equal or replace the adventure in reading Tolkien’s masterwork, The Lord of the Rings, Peter Kreeft says that the journey into its underlying philosophy can be another exhilarating adventure.

Thus, Kreeft takes the reader on a voyage of discovery into the philosophical bones of Middle earth. He organises the philosophical themes in The Lord of the Rings into 50 categories, accompanied by over 1,000 references to the text of Tolkien’s book. Since many of the great questions of philosophy are included in the 50-theme outline, this book can also be read as an engaging introduction to philosophy. For each of the philosophical topics in Lord, Kreeft presents tools by which they can be understood.

 

Author

Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., is a convert from Calvinism to Catholicism, a widely published author and a professor of philosophy at Boston College and at the King’s College (Empire State Building), in New York City.

 

Endorsements

“Peter Kreeft writes so well! He is a master of profundity and succinctness, an author with an uncanny ability to plumb the philosophical depths without ever losing the clarity required to illumine those depths to the average reader. What a joy to see his acrobatic mind capering with philosophical delight in the presence of elves, hobbits, men, dwarves and angels. This book is Kreeftcraft at its best.”
Joseph Pearce, author, Tolkien: Man and Myth.

“Kreeft shows how Tolkien gives a very convincing myth or vision which makes sense of reality and gives arguments for them. This is an exciting and insightful book.”
Richard Purtill, author, J.R.R. Tolkien: Myth, Morality, and Religion


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