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  • Peter Kreeft
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  • 21 September 2020
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The Philosophy of Tolkien The Worldview Behind The Lord of the Rings Summary Ü PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Read & Download Ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Þ Peter Kreeft While nothing can eual 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 adventureThus Kreeft takes the reade. This book has been on my reading wish list since it came out a few years ago I finally made time to read it and I m so glad I didAs Kreeft a Roman Catholic theologian and a professor of philosophy at Boston University points out in the introduction The Lord of the Rings is widely considered the greatest book of the twentieth century though not all literary critics agree Of course I would certainly have to join the ranks of those showering accolades upon Tolkien s masterpieceThis book is exactly what you might expect from its title a study of the philosophical themes and underlying worldview behind the story of LOTR Many authors have attempted similar books seeking to cash in on the story s popularity but few have done it well Thankfully Kreeft has given us an outstanding work that is both educational and enjoyable academically substantial yet easily accessible At times his wit and humor even had me laughing out loudThe format of the book is simple Fifty philosophical uestions are separated into 13 categories Kreeft explains the meaning and importance of each uestion and then shows how the uestion is answered using uotes from LOTR The Hobbit and The Silmarillion Tolkien s thoughts on the matter are further explored making use of his other writings most notably letters he had written as well as an essay entitled On Fairy Stories Each uestion s section ends with a uote from the writings of CS Lewis Tolkien s closest friend and fellow Oxford professor which directly states the same philosophy The two had great influence on one another and throughout this book we see how closely they paralleled one another due to what Kreeft calls their common familiarity with and respect for the same sources in the great tradition that is pre modern Western literature philosophy and religionAs someone not particularly well versed in the academic field of philosophy I enjoyed very much this foray into the method of investigating philosophical issues Indeed an introduction to philosophy is one of the four uses of this book suggested by its author though that is not the reason I initially chose to read it Still while some of the uestions asked in this book are particular to LOTR most are broad in scope and could be applied to any religion cultural artifact or work of literature At many points in the book Tolkien s views are compared and contrasted with those of history s great philosophers from Plato to Satre to NietzscheKreeft s logic is impeccable and the systematic progression of thought in this book presents a very strong case for his conclusions Though I do not wish to spoil for you the joy of discovering these conclusions for yourself as you read through this book I feel it won t be giving too much away to say that Kreeft concludes that Tolkien s philosophy is unabashedly Christian and specifically Catholic something Tolkien himself has claimed in so many words While Christ or religion itself for that matter is nowhere explicit in the text of LOTR Christianity is implicit throughout the story in the philosophical worldview which undergirds itI nearly wore out the pen I was using to underline memorable and thought provoking lines from the book Time does not allow me to share all of the truly great insights Kreeft provides but there was one thing that especially caught my interest This was where Kreeft pointed out Tolkien s portrayal of the Old Testament pre figuring of the Messiah as prophet priest and king represented by Gandalf Frodo and Aragorn respectively Not allegorically of course but in the sense that each of those characters was something of a Christ figure down to the fact that all three had apparent deaths and resurrections in LOTR exemplifying lives of self sacrifice and virtue albeit in very different mannersIf you are a fan of The Lord of the Rings you will greatly enjoy and benefit from this book It will give you a brand new understanding of what may well be your favorite story not to mention an itch to read the trilogy again Now where did I put my copy of The Fellowship of the Ring Akademie X: Lessons in Art + Life years ago I finally made time to read it and I m so glad I didAs Kreeft a Roman Catholic theologian and a professor of philosophy at Boston University points out in the introduction The Lord of the Rings is widely considered the greatest book of the twentieth century though not all literary critics agree Of course I would certainly have to join the ranks of those showering accolades upon Tolkien s masterpieceThis book is exactly what Viata lui Ceausescu. 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The Philosophy of Tolkien The Worldview Behind The Lord of the Rings Summary Ü PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Read & Download Ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Þ Peter Kreeft Tions 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  Illustrat. Like Socrates Buddha and Lao Tzu Frodo did not see Christ yet somehow belovedIn the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing there was light and beauty for ever beyond its reach J R R Tolkien Lord of the Rings as uoted in The Philosophy of Tolkien I thought this book would examine Tolkien s work through a philosophical lens but instead it was a device for the author to espouse his philosophical political and religious old school conservative catholic bemoaning big government for ignoring family traditions and the sanctity of life views through the use of a fantasy book which the author purports represents the truth The book is supported by ample evidence supporting this conceit as Tolkein believed fairy tails served this function and thought LOTR did as well Throughout the book the author spoke definitively about Christian tenets as if they are verified facts and denounces rationalism and the scientific method This is not a fair criticism as the Peter J Kreeft is a heralded Christian author Anyway this is not exactly what I signed up for This book was actually given to me by my conservative traditional and devoutly Catholic friend and I can see why he enjoyed it However the author makes a convincing argument that LOTR is a fantasy novel doused in Christian values and ideals A lot of people would find this idea preposterous but Tolkein was a devout Catholic and although he is not as religiously explicit as his contemporary CS Lewis I m certain his faith influenced his writing to a great degree I mean he did refer to LOTR as a Catholic book Mother Clap's Molly House (Methuen Drama) yet somehow belovedIn the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing there was light and beauty for ever beyond its reach J R R Tolkien Lord of the Rings as uoted in The Philosophy of Tolkien I thought this book would examine Tolkien s work through a philosophical lens but instead it was a device for the author to espouse his philosophical political and religious old school conservative catholic bemoaning big government for ignoring family traditions and the sanctity of life views through the use of a fantasy book which the author purports represents the truth The book is supported by ample evidence supporting this conceit as Tolkein believed fairy tails served this function and thought LOTR did as well Throughout the book the author spoke definitively about Christian tenets as if they are verified facts and denounces rationalism and the scientific method This is not a fair criticism as the Peter J Kreeft is a heralded Christian author Anyway this is not exactly what I signed up for This book was actually given to me by my conservative traditional and devoutly Catholic friend and I can see why he enjoyed it However the author makes a convincing argument that LOTR is a fantasy novel doused in Christian values and ideals A lot of people would find this idea preposterous but Tolkein was a devout Catholic and although he is not as religiously explicit as his contemporary CS Lewis I m certain his faith influenced his writing to a great degree I mean he did refer to LOTR as a Catholic book

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The Philosophy of Tolkien The Worldview Behind The Lord of the Rings Summary Ü PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Read & Download Ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Þ Peter Kreeft R 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 1000 references to the text of LordSince many of the great ues. The book started with a great promise to me A discussion about Tolkien s philosophy which is certainly not in line with today s popular worldview and values But the book uickly descended into a Christian and Catholic empty propaganda The writer apparently wrote this book not in order to discuss and think about Tolkien and his worldview but rather to proselytize his own Catholic faith I would have expected a philosophy book to raise uestions than answers here the exclamation marks ruleMid way the book gets really repetitive with the same themes repeating over and over In some instances even the same uotes were uoted again But yet again when your goal is to preach repetition is necessary