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RURAL DEVELOPMENT Irrigation along Fitzroy River proposed and opposed

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ELECTRICITY Will Turnbull lose three out of three?

ECONOMICS Trade wars: tariffs unlikely to be fired in anger

SEX AND TEENS How about support for the abstaining majority?

VISUAL ARTS Layers of meaning in Botticelli's La Primavera and The Birth of Venus

MUSIC Is it good?: Or, do we just like the sound it makes?

CINEMA The Death of Stalin: Black comedy of a dark time

BOOK REVIEW Cool head on topic that generates heat

BOOK REVIEW Life's not so bad: from the outside

POETRY

LETTERS

OPINION What a republic would really mean for Australia

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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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