The Philosophy of Tolkien

The Philosophy of Tolkien
Author: Peter Kreeft
Pages: 237
ISBN: 9781681495316
Available:
Release: 2009-09-03
Editor: Ignatius Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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.

The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy

The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy
Author: Gregory Bassham,Eric Bronson
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780812698060
Available:
Release: 2013-11-13
Editor: Open Court
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Lord of the Rings is intended to be applicable to the real world of relationships, religion, pleasure, pain, and politics. Tolkien himself said that his grand tale of wizards, orcs, hobbits, and elves was aimed at truth and good morals in the actual world. Analysis of the popular appeal of The Lord of the Rings (on websites and elsewhere) shows that Tolkien fans are hungry for discussion of the urgent moral and cosmological issues arising out of this fantastic epic story. Can political power be wielded for good, or must it always corrupt? Does technology destroy the truly human? Is it morally wrong to give up hope? Can we find meaning in chance events? In The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy, seventeen young philosophy professors, all of them ardent Tolkien fans and most of them contributors to the four earlier volumes in the Popular Culture and Philosophy series, address some of these important issues and show how clues to their solutions may be found in the imaginary world of Middle-earth. The book is divided into five sections, concerned with Power and the Ring, the Quest for Happiness, Good and Evil in Middle-earth, Time and Mortality, and the Relevance

The Hobbit and Philosophy

The Hobbit and Philosophy
Author: Gregory Bassham,Eric Bronson
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781118233894
Available:
Release: 2012-09-18
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A philosophical exploration of J.R.R. Tolkien's belovedclassic—just in time for the December 2012 release of PeterJackson's new film adaptation, The Hobbit: An UnexpectedJourney J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is one of the best-lovedfantasy books of all time and the enchanting "prequel" to TheLord of the Rings. With the help of some of history's greatphilosophers, this book ponders a host of deep questions raised inthis timeless tale, such as: Are adventures simply "nasty,disturbing, uncomfortable things" that "make you late for dinner,"or are they exciting and potentially life-changing events? Whatduties do friends have to one another? Should mercy be extendedeven to those who deserve to die? Gives you new insights into The Hobbit's centralcharacters, including Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, Gollum, and Thorinand their exploits, from the Shire through Mirkwood to the LonelyMountain Explores key questions about The Hobbit's story andthemes, including: Was the Arkenstone really Bilbo's to give? Howshould Smaug's treasure have been distributed? Did Thorin leave his"beautiful golden harp" at Bag-End when he headed out into theWild? (If so, how much could we get for that on eBay?) Draws on the insights of some of the world's deepest thinkers,from Confucius, Plato, and Aristotle to Immanuel Kant, WilliamBlake, and contemporary American philosopher Thomas Nagel From the happy halls of Elrond's Last Homely House to Gollum's"slimy island of rock," this is a must read for longtimeTolkien fans as well as those discovering Bilbo Baggins and hisadventures "there and back again" for the first time.

The Fellowship of the Ring

The Fellowship of the Ring
Author: J. R. R. Tolkien
Pages: 398
ISBN: 0618346252
Available:
Release: 2003-09
Editor: Mariner Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

After discovering the true nature of the One Ring, Bilbo Baggins entrusts it to the care of his young cousin, Frodo, who is charged with bringing about its destruction and thus foiling the plans of the Dark Lord.

Understanding the Lord of the Rings

Understanding the Lord of the Rings
Author: Neil D. Isaacs,Rose A. Zimbardo
Pages: 294
ISBN: 0618422536
Available:
Release: 2005-05
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Selected essays on Tolkien's trilogy include W. H. Auden's essay on the hero's quest, C. S. Lewis's piece on the value of myth, Marion Zimmer Bradley's article on hero worship, Tim Shippey's piece on the film trilogy, and much more. Original.

Tolkien and Philosophy

Tolkien and Philosophy
Author: Roberto Arduini,Claudio A. Testi
Pages: 166
ISBN: 3905703327
Available:
Release: 2014-07-25
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"Tolkien and Philosophy" is a theme that has not yet been studied with the "philological" accuracy and the textual knowledge that are required to avoid squeezing the Professor's works inside conceptual frameworks that, rather than exposing their intrinsic value, risk losing both their profound meaning and their inherent beauty. What is the relationship between Tolkien's work and Philosophy? The question, if taken seriously, is by no means trivial. For these reasons we wish this book to become, in both method and content, an essential point of reference for anyone interested in better understanding the significant elements that sometimes link, sometimes divide, the "philologist" Tolkien from proper speculative philosophy.

Ring Legends of Tolkien

Ring Legends of Tolkien
Author: David Day
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781645177364
Available:
Release: 2020-11-10
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Learn the most popular legends about the Rings of Power! The history of J. R. R. Tolkien's fictional world of Middle-earth is filled with an ongoing struggle between good and evil, centered on a set of rings forged by Elves and an evil sorcerer. The Ring Legends of Tolkien recounts stories and conflicts surrounding the Rings of Power. Insightful commentary by Tolkien scholar David Day discusses how people, tactics, and weapons were used to obtain and control the rings, and also how the legends of Middle-earth relate to the real-world mythology on which Tolkien based his famous literary creation. Maps and full-color illustrations help bring this rich universe to life, making it an invaluable reference book for Tolkien fans of all ages. This work is unofficial and is not authorized by the Tolkien Estate or HarperCollins Publishers.

Middle earth and the Return of the Common Good

Middle earth and the Return of the Common Good
Author: Joshua Hren
Pages: 212
ISBN: 9781532611193
Available:
Release: 2018-10-05
Editor: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Political philosophy is nothing other than looking at things political under the aspect of eternity. This book invites us to look philosophically at political things in J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendarium, demonstrating that Tolkien’s potent mythology can be brought into rich, fruitful dialogue with works of political philosophy and political theology as different as Plato’s Timaeus, Aquinas’ De Regno, Hobbes’s Leviathan, and Erik Peterson’s “Monotheism as a Political Problem.” It concludes that a political reading of Tolkien’s work is most luminous when conducted by the harmonious lights of fides et ratio as found in the thought of Thomas Aquinas. A broad study of Tolkien and the political is especially pertinent in that the legendarium operates on two levels. As a popular mythology it is, in the author’s own words “a really long story that would hold the attention of readers, amuse them, delight them, and at times maybe excite them or deeply move them.” But the stories of The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings contain deeper teachings that can only be drawn out when read philosophically. Written from the vantage of a mind that is deeply Christian, Tolkien’s stories grant us a revelatory gaze into the major political problems of modernity—from individualism to totalitarianism, sovereignty to surveillance, terror to technocracy. As an “outsider” in modernity, Tolkien invites us to question the modern in a manner that moves beyond reaction into a vivid and compelling vision of the common good.

Following Gandalf

Following Gandalf
Author: Matthew T. Dickerson
Pages: 234
ISBN: UOM:39015058206809
Available:
Release: 2003
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In this new work, Dickerson offers a specifically Christian exploration of morality, choices, and free will in "The Lord of the Rings."

Fan Phenomena The Lord of the Rings

Fan Phenomena The Lord of the Rings
Author: Lorna Piatti-Farnell
Pages: 164
ISBN: 9781783207312
Available:
Release: 2016-04-16
Editor: Intellect Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Few, if any, books come close to being as beloved – or as ubiquitous – as The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The book delves into the philosophy of the series and its fans, the distinctions between the films’ fans and the books’ fans, the process of adaptation, and the role of New Zealand in the translation of words to images. Lavishly illustrated, it is guaranteed to appeal to anyone who has ever closed the last page of The Return of the King and wished it to never end.

Lord of the Rings

Lord of the Rings
Author: Jane Chance
Pages: 184
ISBN: 9780813128054
Available:
Release: 2010-09-12
Editor: University Press of Kentucky
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

" With New Line Cinema's production of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, the popularity of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien is unparalleled. Tolkien’s books continue to be bestsellers decades after their original publication. An epic in league with those of Spenser and Malory, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, begun during Hitler’s rise to power, celebrates the insignificant individual as hero in the modern world. Jane Chance’s critical appraisal of Tolkien’s heroic masterwork is the first to explore its “mythology of power”–that is, how power, politics, and language interact. Chance looks beyond the fantastic, self-contained world of Middle-earth to the twentieth-century parallels presented in the trilogy.

Stephen Colbert and Philosophy

Stephen Colbert and Philosophy
Author: Aaron Allen Schiller
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780812696905
Available:
Release: 2009-06-01
Editor: Open Court
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

At the head of The Colbert Report, one of the most popular shows on television, Stephen Colbert is a pop culture phenomenon. More than one million people backed his fake candidacy in the 2008 U.S. presidential election on Facebook, a testament to the particularly rich set of issues and emotions Colbert brings to mind. Stephen Colbert and Philosophy is crammed with thoughtful and amusing chapters, each written by a philosopher and all focused on Colbert's inimitable reality — from his word creations (truthiness, wikiality, freem, and others) to his position as a faux-pundit who openly mocks Fox News and CNN. Although most of the discussion is centered around The Colbert Report, this collection does not neglect either his best-selling book, I Am America (And So Can You!), or his public performances, including his incendiary 2006 White House Press Correspondents' Dinner speech.

Where the Shadows Lie

Where the Shadows Lie
Author: Pia Skogemann
Pages: 210
ISBN: 9781888602456
Available:
Release: 2009
Editor: Chiron Publications
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Where the Shadows Lie takes the reader on a journey through Tolkien s Middle-earth, following the hobbits, their companions, and the characters they encounter on their quest. Along the way, Skogemann reveals the deep symbolic layers that are the source of joy and enchantment that many find in reading The Lord of the Rings. Aragorn, with the aid of Gandalf, Legolas, and Gimli, ascends to the throne and becomes the center of a great, unified kingdom--a symbol of the collective Self. The four hobbits, representing individual ego-consciousness, are transformed by the quest and acquire the psychological tools they need to renew the Shire--the small domain enfolded in the great. Jung s theories of the collective unconscious and the archetypes provide a key to understanding the forces of fantasy that are so powerful in Tolkien s masterpiece--and thereby a key to understanding ourselves and the events of the outside world in our modern times."

Bob Dylan and Philosophy

Bob Dylan and Philosophy
Author: Carl J. Porter,Peter Vernezze,William Irwin
Pages: 225
ISBN: 9780812697605
Available:
Release: 2011-05-24
Editor: Open Court
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The legions of Bob Dylan fans know that Dylan is not just a great composer, writer, and performer, but a great thinker as well. In Bob Dylan and Philosophy, eighteen philosophers analyze Dylan’s ethical positions, political commitments, views on gender and sexuality, and his complicated and controversial attitudes toward religion. All phases of Dylan’s output are covered, from his early acoustic folk ballads and anthem-like protest songs to his controversial switch to electric guitar to his sometimes puzzling, often profound music of the 1970s and beyond. The book examines different aspects of Dylan’s creative thought through a philosophical lens, including personal identity, negative and positive freedom, enlightenment and postmodernism in his social criticism, and the morality of bootlegging. An engaging introduction to deep philosophical truths, the book provides Dylan fans with an opportunity to learn about philosophy while impressing fans of philosophy with the deeper implications of his intellectual achievements.

The Book of Five Rings Classics Illustrated

The Book of Five Rings Classics Illustrated
Author: Miyamoto Musashi
Pages: 64
ISBN: 9798706242305
Available:
Release: 2021-02-08
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In "A Book of Five Rings," Miyamoto Musashi takes the reader into a world filled to the brim with devotion, self-respect, discipline, honesty and purity of thought. Written originally for warriors and samurai in a completely different time and culture, Musashi's book provides a remarkable source of inspiration for self-development today. His teachings are concise and to the point. He uses phrases like "you must understand this" and "you must practice diligently" and explains only general, but unquestionable and fundamental, concepts of the Way of the Warrior. While some of his guidelines are are not directly applicable in our time and age, those about striving to achieve improvement on the inside as well as the outside couldn't be more on target. Taken literally this book is about how to become an efficient, albeit enlightened, killer. It's value comes from reading between the lines--lines which speak volumes.

The Philosophy Book

The Philosophy Book
Author: Gregory Bassham
Pages: 528
ISBN: 1454918470
Available:
Release: 2016-09-06
Editor: Sterling
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Princess Bride and Philosophy

The Princess Bride and Philosophy
Author: Richard Greene,Rachel Robison-Greene
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780812699166
Available:
Release: 2015-11-14
Editor: Open Court
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Princess Bride is the 1987 satirical adventure movie that had to wait for the Internet and DVDs to become the most quoted of all cult classics. The Princess Bride and Philosophy is for all those who have wondered about the true meaning of “Inconceivable!,” why the name “Roberts” uniquely inspires fear, and whether it’s truly a miracle to restore life to someone who is dead, but not necessarily completely dead. The Princess Bride is filled with people trying to persuade each other of various things, and invites us to examine the best methods of persuasion. It’s filled with promises, some kept and some broken, and cries out for philosophical analysis of what makes a promise and why promises should be kept. It’s filled with beliefs which go beyond the evidence, and philosophy can help us to decide when such beliefs can be justified. It’s filled with political violence, both by and against the recognized government, and therefore raises all the issues of political philosophy. Westley, Buttercup, Prince Humperdinck, Inigo Montoya, the giant Fezzik, and the Sicilian Vizzini keep on re-appearing in these pages, as examples of philosophical ideas. Is it right for Montoya to kill the six-fingered man, even though there is no money in the revenge business? What’s the best way to deceive someone who knows you’re trying to deceive him? Are good manners a kind of moral virtue? Could the actions of the masked man in black truly be inconceivable even though real? What does ethics have to say about Miracle Max’s pricing policy? How many shades of meaning can be conveyed by “As You Wish”?

Lord of the Elves and Eldils

Lord of the Elves and Eldils
Author: Richard Purtill
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781681493107
Available:
Release: 2011-05-09
Editor: Ignatius Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A fascinating look at the fantasy and philosophy of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien. The two men were friends and fellow professors at Oxford, renowned Christian thinkers who both “found it necessary to create for the purposes of their fiction other worlds—not utopias or dystopias, but different worlds.

The Chronicles of Narnia and Philosophy

The Chronicles of Narnia and Philosophy
Author: Gregory Bassham,Jerry L. Walls,William Irwin
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780812698091
Available:
Release: 2013-11-13
Editor: Open Court
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Chronicles of Narnia series has entertained millions of readers, both children and adults, since the appearance of the first book in 1950. Here, scholars turn the lens of philosophy on these timeless tales. Engagingly written for a lay audience, these essays consider a wealth of topics centered on the ethical, spiritual, mythic, and moral resonances in the adventures of Aslan, the Pevensie children, and the rest of the colorful cast. Do the spectacular events in Narnia give readers a simplistic view of human choice and decision making? Does Aslan offer a solution to the problem of evil? What does the character of Susan tell readers about Lewis’s view of gender? How does Lewis address the Nietzschean “master morality” embraced by most of the villains of the Chronicles? With these and a wide range of other questions, this provocative book takes a fresh view of the world of Narnia and expands readers’ experience of it.

The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy

The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy
Author: William Irwin,Gregory Bassham
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780470398258
Available:
Release: 2010-09-14
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A philosophical exploration of the entire seven-book Harry Potter series Harry Potter has been heralded as one of the most popular book series of all time and the philosophical nature of Harry, Hermione, and Ron's quest to rid the world of its ultimate evil is one of the many things that make this series special. The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy covers all seven titles in J.K. Rowling's groundbreaking series and takes fans back to Godric's Hollow to discuss life after death, to consider what moral reasoning drove Harry to choose death, and to debate whether Sirius Black is a man or a dog. With publication timed to coincide with the release of the movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1), this book will be the definitive guide for all fans looking to appreciate the series on a deeper level. Covers a range of intriguing topics such as the redemption of Severus Snape, the power of love, and destiny in the wizarding world Gives you a new perspective on Harry Potter characters, plot lines, and themes Makes a perfect companion to the Harry Potter books and movies Packed with interesting ideas and insights, The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy is an ideal companion for anyone interested in unraveling the subtext and exploring the greater issues at work in the story.