The Philosophy of Tolkien [NOOK Book]

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"Peter Kreeft takes the reader on a voyage of discovery into the philosophical bones of Middle earth. Like a good concordance, this book organizes the philosophical themes in The Lord of the Rings into 50 categories, accompanied by over 1,000 references to the text." Since many of the great questions of philosophy are included in the 50-theme outline, this book can also be read as an introduction to philosophy. For each of the philosophical topics in The Lord of the Rings, Kreeft presents four tools by which they can be understood: an explanation ...
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The Philosophy of Tolkien

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Overview

"Peter Kreeft takes the reader on a voyage of discovery into the philosophical bones of Middle earth. Like a good concordance, this book organizes the philosophical themes in The Lord of the Rings into 50 categories, accompanied by over 1,000 references to the text." Since many of the great questions of philosophy are included in the 50-theme outline, this book can also be read as an introduction to philosophy. For each of the philosophical topics in The Lord of the Rings, Kreeft presents four tools by which they can be understood: an explanation of a key question; a key quotation showing Tolkien's answer; quotes from other writings of Tolkien that clarify the theme; and quotes from his close friend C. S. Lewis, which state the same philosophical points directly.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000703083
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 489,001
  • File size: 268 KB

Table of Contents

1 Metaphysics 31
2 Philosophical theology 49
3 Angelology 71
4 Cosmology 82
5 Anthropology 94
6 Epistemology 119
7 Philosophy of history 130
8 Aesthetics 147
9 Philosophy of language 153
10 Political philosophy 163
11 Ethics : the war of good and evil 173
12 Ethics : the "hard" virtues 192
13 Ethics : the "soft" virtues 209
Conclusion : can any one man incarnate every truth and virtue? 221
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  • Posted April 18, 2009

    A firm faith in Divine Providence

    Peter Kreeft is an excellent Professor of Philosophy at Boston College, and he has written a delightful, clear and insightful look at the philosophy behind THE LORD OF THE RINGS. Kreeft knows both philosophy and THE LORD OF THE RINGS well, and this gem of a book takes the reader on an adventure into the philosophy behind a great novel.

    Among the areas covered are Metaphysics (Is the supernatural real?), Anthropology (Is death good or bad?), Epistemology (Is faith wisdom or ignorance?), Political Philosophy (Can war be noble?) and Ethics (Is evil real? What is the power of friendship?) among other areas. Kreeft points out the key underlying theme of Providence which runs throughout the Lord of the Rings - that the ring was meant to be found by Frodo, and that he was meant to destroy it.

    This is an outstanding book. The reader will learn a lot about philosophy and about THE LORD OF THE RINGS, and I give it my highest recommendation.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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