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Pieper's reputation rests on his remarkable ability to restate traditional wisdom in terms of contemporary problems. He is a ...
Pieper's reputation rests on his remarkable ability to restate traditional wisdom in terms of contemporary problems. He is a philosopher who writes in the language of common sense, presenting involved issues in a clear, lucid and simple manner. Among his many well-known works included in this anthology are selections from Leisure: The Basis of Culture, The Four Cardinal Virtues, About Love, Belief and Faith, Happiness and Contemplation, and Scholasticism.
Posted February 22, 2000
Pieper's Anthology, by employing a cut-and-paste assortment of passages from a lifetime of writings, presents an alternative to the materialistic/nihilistic ways of viewing reality and the human person. His use of Thomistic theology and Aristotelian philosophy enables the reader to begin to view the world as sacramental, not as a mere means of human self-aggrandizement. Whether this premise sounds old-fashioned, overly romantic, or too conservative is made irrelevant if the reader agrees simply to think about the arguments themselves. Pieper suggests to us that philosophy is a free activity in which one opens oneself to the truth of the created world -- this book is an introduction to that kind of activity. (One note of warning: although a series of excerpts, much of the book is difficult to understand if the reader does not start from the beginning.)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.