The Philosophy of Tolkien: The Worldview Behind "The Lord of the Rings"

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Ignatius Press, Sep 3, 2009 - Religion - 237 pages

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 organizes the philosophical themes in The Lord of the Rings into 50 categories, accompanied by over 1,000 references to the text of Lord. 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. Illustrated.

 

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User Review  - neverstopreading - LibraryThing

This book analyzes philosophical themes in light of LOTR. It could be used to teach philosophy itself, using LOTR. It is very different in scope from TLOTR and Philosophy. Read full review

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I think this was a good premise that ultimately failed in the execution. I didn't mind the focus on Christian philosophy (its from a religious publisher) but I do object to the frequently dismissive ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
Metaphysics
Philosophical Theology
Angelology
Cosmology
Anthropology
Epistemology
Philosophy of History
Aesthetics
Political Philosophy
The War of Good and Evil
The Hard Virtues
The Soft Virtues
Conclusion
A Concordance
Notes

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Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy at Boston College, is one of the most widely read Christian authors of our time. His many bestselling books cover a vast array of topics in spirituality, theology, and philosophy. They include How to Be Holy, Practical Theology, Back to Virtue, Because God Is Real, You Can Understand the Bible, Angels and Demons, Heaven: The Heart's Deepest Longing, and A Summa of the Summa.

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