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

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

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. Peter J Kreeft’s The Philosophy of Tolkien is a really good book While he uses this text to reaffirm his own belief in a Christian god and these elves are not really Christian we feel certain that his conclusions are an accurate reflection of Tolkien’s own beliefs for he was a Catholic Often it seems to these elves that Mr Kreeft while appearing to use logic and reason for his affirmation of his Christian beliefs actually at the last moment does a sort of intellectual slight of hand and ends up with faith rather than fact for his final assertions However that doesn’t bother us at all Being lovers of Tolkien’s works and having an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Religion we find this book uite well written and intriguing even if it is not always logical But then we are elves and Mr Kreeft is clearly like Tolkien a hobbit and our worldviews tend to be different Still we know that in sharing Middle Earth with these hobbits we are dealing with good decent folk and really what can one ask forThe Silver Elves authors of Faerie Unfolding The Cosmic Expression of the Divine

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Where do I start In writing this book Kreeft is intellectually dishonest dismissive and condescending and he demonstrates exceedingly poor scholarship Normally I'd keep a negative review like this to myself but because Kreeft is a public figure and this is a book that people are likely to read and be influenced by in part because of Kreeft's position as a professor of philosophy at a notable college I feel like it's important to add this review to the list Strap inMy criticisms First the premise of the book is intellectually dishonest This is not a philosophy of Tokien It is the theology of Kreeft He does not present things as what Tokien believed but rather presents certain claims as true and uses LOTR to prove the truth of those claims It's ludicrous Fiction doesn't demonstrate it illustrates And it doesn't illustrate truths but beliefs While there is certainly a worldview of LOTR and while Kreeft does make assumptions that Tokien certainly shared the assumptions of Christianity mostly LOTR is not a Christian world Christianity was an influence but Kreeft uses LOTR to demonstrate his own beliefs If he were honestly trying to demonstrate the worldview of LOTR he would have analyzed LOTR much much deeply and intricately We get far of Kreeft's opinion than of an LOTR analysisSecondly the use of the word philosophy in the title drives me bonkers This is a theology Kreeft uses philosophical fields and themes to examine Tokien's theology philosophy is a tool he uses to make theological arguments Thirdly the tone DEAR HEAVENS THE TONE Kreeft dismisses every philosophical position that conflicts with his own There is no room in his presentation for the validity of other interpretations of things that we cannot know for certain I am all for holding opinions even of opinions that can't be proven such is life but this was incredibly off putting and egregious especially for a professor of philosophy Finally Kreeft relies very heavily on CS Lewis's theology to argue for Tokien's In some ways this makes sense Lewis wrote far theologicalapologetic works than Tokien and the two were good friends and fellow Christians surely they shared some big overarching beliefs But Lewis featured so prominently and primarily in defense of Kreeft's stated opinions that Tokien was lost far than he was found in those passages Ok after all that negative I do have a positive It will sound passive aggressive but I mean it sincerely Encountering different arguments even poor ones for claims to truth is helpful and good It sparks new ways of arguing for what is real true and logical It forces us to clarify arguments in new and slightly different ways which leads us to make better arguments or to modify our beliefs if we come up with something we can't explain or argue well for It also makes us better at communicating with people we disagree with Kreeft's rhetorical style is not one that honestly engages with truth but only with established personal and biased opinions That in itself is an important style to learn to identify I am absolutely shocked that Kreeft is a professor of philosophy at such a reputable college His utter disdain for the field should be disualifying I would be interested in hearing his actual philosophical arguments and engaging with them on an intellectually honest level but Kreeft does not provide that opportunity in this book This book offered so much on the title and delivered almost nothing substantive Such a disappointment Tamara de Lempicka references to the text of LordSince many of the great ues. Where do I start In writing this book Kreeft is intellectually dishonest dismissive and condescending and he demonstrates exceedingly poor scholarship Normally I'd keep a negative Amazon.com: Solaris Internals: Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris Kernel Architecture eBook: Richard McDougall, Jim Mauro: Kindle Store review like this to myself but because Kreeft is a public figure and this is a book that people are likely to Solaris Internals read and be influenced by in part because of Kreeft's position as a professor of philosophy at a notable college I feel like it's important to add this The Story of Before review to the list Strap inMy criticisms First the premise of the book is intellectually dishonest This is not a philosophy of Tokien It is the theology of Kreeft He does not present things as what Tokien believed but Tempting Treasures rather presents certain claims as true and uses LOTR to prove the truth of those claims It's ludicrous Fiction doesn't demonstrate it illustrates And it doesn't illustrate truths but beliefs While there is certainly a worldview of LOTR and while Kreeft does make assumptions that Tokien certainly shared the assumptions of Christianity mostly LOTR is not a Christian world Christianity was an influence but Kreeft uses LOTR to demonstrate his own beliefs If he were honestly trying to demonstrate the worldview of LOTR he would have analyzed LOTR much much deeply and intricately We get far of Kreeft's opinion than of an LOTR analysisSecondly the use of the word philosophy in the title drives me bonkers This is a theology Kreeft uses philosophical fields and themes to examine Tokien's theology philosophy is a tool he uses to make theological arguments Thirdly the tone DEAR HEAVENS THE TONE Kreeft dismisses every philosophical position that conflicts with his own There is no Mikrocontrollertechnik Mit Avr room in his presentation for the validity of other interpretations of things that we cannot know for certain I am all for holding opinions even of opinions that can't be proven such is life but this was incredibly off putting and egregious especially for a professor of philosophy Finally Kreeft Geschichte Der Hexenprozesse relies very heavily on CS Lewis's theology to argue for Tokien's In some ways this makes sense Lewis wrote far theologicalapologetic works than Tokien and the two were good friends and fellow Christians surely they shared some big overarching beliefs But Lewis featured so prominently and primarily in defense of Kreeft's stated opinions that Tokien was lost far than he was found in those passages Ok after all that negative I do have a positive It will sound passive aggressive but I mean it sincerely Encountering different arguments even poor ones for claims to truth is helpful and good It sparks new ways of arguing for what is People Centricity real true and logical It forces us to clarify arguments in new and slightly different ways which leads us to make better arguments or to modify our beliefs if we come up with something we can't explain or argue well for It also makes us better at communicating with people we disagree with Kreeft's A Girls Guide to Vampires (Dark Ones rhetorical style is not one that honestly engages with truth but only with established personal and biased opinions That in itself is an important style to learn to identify I am absolutely shocked that Kreeft is a professor of philosophy at such a Murderers, Scoundrels and Ragamuffins (The First Ward, reputable college His utter disdain for the field should be disualifying I would be interested in hearing his actual philosophical arguments and engaging with them on an intellectually honest level but Kreeft does not provide that opportunity in this book This book offered so much on the title and delivered almost nothing substantive Such a disappointment

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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. This is the best book I’ve ever read on Tolkien Read Tolkien first But if you want to read ABOUT Tolkien and his thoroughly Christian vision of things I can’t recommend this book by Peter Kreeft enoughKreeft is a familiar name among Christian philosophers and apologists He is a very committed Roman Catholic and often points out these aspects of Tolkien’s work But he also presents a fairly sympathetically broad Christian view as wellThe book also serves as a broad introduction to the subject of philosophy and Kreeft often uotes from C S Lewis in making his points from Tolkien So any Lewis fan should enjoy this work as wellHighly highly recommended for those interested in the philosophical and worldview aspects of Tolkien’s works


10 thoughts on “The Philosophy of Tolkien The Worldview Behind The Lord of the Rings

  1. says:

    The Philosophy of Tolkien The Worldview Behind the Lord of the Rings Peter KreeftThe Philosophy of Tolkien The Worldview Behind The Lord of the Rings 2005 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 1000 references to the text of Lordتاریخ نخستین خوانش روز چهارم ماه می سال 2015 میلادیعنوان فلسفه ی تالکین جهان بینی پشت ارباب حلقه ها؛ نویسنده پیتر کریفت؛ا شربیانی


  2. says:

    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?


  3. says:

    Peter J Kreeft’s The Philosophy of Tolkien is a really good book While he uses this text to reaffirm his own belief in a Christian god and these elves are not really Christian we feel certain that his conclusions are an accurate reflection of Tolkien’s own beliefs for he was a Catholic Often it seems to these elves that Mr Kreeft while appearing to use logic and reason for his affirmation of his Christian beliefs actually at the last moment does a sort of intellectual slight of hand and ends up with faith rather than fact for his final assertions However that doesn’t bother us at all Being lovers of Tolkien’s works and having an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Religion we find this book uite well written and intriguing even if it is not always logical But then we are elves and Mr Kreeft is clearly like Tolkien a hobbit and our worldviews tend to be different Still we know that in sharing Middle Earth with these hobbits we are dealing with good decent folk and really what can one ask for?The Silver Elves authors of Faerie Unfolding The Cosmic Expression of the Divine


  4. says:

    Peter Kreeft has blown my mind with his book on Philosophy within Tolkien's works and personal letters For someone who is not well versed in the terminology of philosophy this book served to be both a fabulous and understandable explanation of what philosophy is and a deep dwelling on how philosophy impacts the worldThe way that Kreeft highlights certain aspects of the Lord of the Rings The Hobbit and The Similarion blew me away I could not put my finger on what drew me deeper into those books until the deeper meanings were laid out for me The book has inspired me to delve deeper into Tolkien's works and also the film adaptations of those worksI would recommend this book to anybody who would like to know about philosophy OR would like to know about Tolkien's world I also recommend this book as an academic meditation on the Life of ChristSpoiler alert Tolkien was a Catholic and the Lord of the Rings is a Catholic book even though it is not an allegoryThis review may be found at OurLadyandSheenwordpresscom


  5. says:

    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


  6. says:

    Where do I start In writing this book Kreeft is intellectually dishonest dismissive and condescending and he demonstrates exceedingly poor scholarship Normally I'd keep a negative review like this to myself but because Kreeft is a public figure and this is a book that people are likely to read and be influenced by in part because of Kreeft's position as a professor of philosophy at a notable college I feel like it's important to add this review to the list Strap inMy criticisms First the premise of the book is intellectually dishonest This is not a philosophy of Tokien It is the theology of Kreeft He does not present things as what Tokien believed but rather presents certain claims as true and uses LOTR to prove the truth of those claims It's ludicrous Fiction doesn't demonstrate it illustrates And it doesn't illustrate truths but beliefs While there is certainly a worldview of LOTR and while Kreeft does make assumptions that Tokien certainly shared the assumptions of Christianity mostly LOTR is not a Christian world Christianity was an influence but Kreeft uses LOTR to demonstrate his own beliefs If he were honestly trying to demonstrate the worldview of LOTR he would have analyzed LOTR much much deeply and intricately We get far of Kreeft's opinion than of an LOTR analysisSecondly the use of the word philosophy in the title drives me bonkers This is a theology Kreeft uses philosophical fields and themes to examine Tokien's theology philosophy is a tool he uses to make theological arguments Thirdly the tone DEAR HEAVENS THE TONE Kreeft dismisses every philosophical position that conflicts with his own There is no room in his presentation for the validity of other interpretations of things that we cannot know for certain I am all for holding opinions even of opinions that can't be proven such is life but this was incredibly off putting and egregious especially for a professor of philosophy Finally Kreeft relies very heavily on CS Lewis's theology to argue for Tokien's In some ways this makes sense Lewis wrote far theologicalapologetic works than Tokien and the two were good friends and fellow Christians surely they shared some big overarching beliefs But Lewis featured so prominently and primarily in defense of Kreeft's stated opinions that Tokien was lost far than he was found in those passages Ok after all that negative I do have a positive It will sound passive aggressive but I mean it sincerely Encountering different arguments even poor ones for claims to truth is helpful and good It sparks new ways of arguing for what is real true and logical It forces us to clarify arguments in new and slightly different ways which leads us to make better arguments or to modify our beliefs if we come up with something we can't explain or argue well for It also makes us better at communicating with people we disagree with Kreeft's rhetorical style is not one that honestly engages with truth but only with established personal and biased opinions That in itself is an important style to learn to identify I am absolutely shocked that Kreeft is a professor of philosophy at such a reputable college His utter disdain for the field should be disualifying I would be interested in hearing his actual philosophical arguments and engaging with them on an intellectually honest level but Kreeft does not provide that opportunity in this book This book offered so much on the title and delivered almost nothing substantive Such a disappointment


  7. says:

    This is the best book I’ve ever read on Tolkien Read Tolkien first But if you want to read ABOUT Tolkien and his thoroughly Christian vision of things I can’t recommend this book by Peter Kreeft enoughKreeft is a familiar name among Christian philosophers and apologists He is a very committed Roman Catholic and often points out these aspects of Tolkien’s work But he also presents a fairly sympathetically broad Christian view as wellThe book also serves as a broad introduction to the subject of philosophy and Kreeft often uotes from C S Lewis in making his points from Tolkien So any Lewis fan should enjoy this work as wellHighly highly recommended for those interested in the philosophical and worldview aspects of Tolkien’s works


  8. says:

    My husband has been trying to get me to read this book for years For good reason it seems The author makes a convincing case for Tolkien’s philosophy of life using uotes from The Lord of the Rings series as well as his letters and his essay “On Fairy Stories” He goes through 50 philosophical uestions on various topics and gives Tolkien’s answer He also briefly touches on opposing answers so this is good just to learn some basic philosophyI found this to be thoroughly interesting and thought provoking It has made me want to read The Lord of the Rings again There were one or two instances where I was having a hard time deciphering his point I also felt like he contradicted himself a couple times There was one fact from The Hobbit that he got noticeably wrong And I was none to happy to see him diss on George MacDonald which I think is just bad form when your writing a book about a guy who admired the man’s work Despite those minor irritants this has a lot of good and is definitely worth a read if you’re a Lord of the Rings fan


  9. says:

    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


  10. says:

    A nice little book that could serve as an introduction to philosophy On the whole I think that reading this prior to rereading Tolkien's works will greatly enhance my understanding of the depth of the author's work If nothing else it has increased my motivation to revisit Tolkien's works If I have one criticism of the book it is that Kreeft leans a little too heavily on his citations of CS Lewis In the introduction to the book he references the fact that GK Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc were so close in personal friendship in philosophical and religious beliefthat they were called 'the Chesterbelloc monster' We could with eual reason speak of the Tolkienlewis monster'Don't get me wrong I think that Kreeft's premise is not without merit but I still think that he pushed this a bit too far by citing Lewis so freuently The citations are wonderful and I feel greatly aided by Kreeft's commentary on them but there is something about this approach that still irks me a littleStill I recommend this book especially if you are preparing for a philosophy or literature course or if you want a better understanding of the masterpiece that is The Lord of the Rings


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