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

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

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by Peter Kreeft
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586170257
Publisher:
Ignatius Press
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Pages:
237
Sales rank:
287,397
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

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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Charlie_Schmidt More than 1 year ago
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.
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