Item description for For Love of Wisdom: Essays on the Nature of Philosophy by Josef Pieper, Berthold Wald & Roger Wasserman...
Overview In these elegant and engaging essays, the internationally acclaimed Thomist, Josef Pieper, defines and defends philosophy as the search for and love of wisdom. True philosophy is not the work of joyless academics pondering over esoteric writings that have no relation to real life. Rather, the philosophical act, in which all reasonable men can participate, begins in wonder at what is, and gratitude for what is given, and ends in love. In his encyclical letter Fides et Ratio (On the Relationship between Faith and Reason), Pope John Paul II called for a revitalization of true philosophy, for man can find fulfillment "only in choosing to enter the truth, to make a home under the shade of Wisdom and dwell there." Pieper's essays make the same ardent and convincing plea. Josef Pieper is renowned for having popularized the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas, a brilliant student of St. Thomas who, in his own voluminous works, has made the deep thought of the "Angelic Doctor" more accessible and understandable to the modern reader.
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Studio: Ignatius Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 6" Height: 9" Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2007
Publisher Ignatius Press
ISBN 1586170872 ISBN13 9781586170875
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More About Josef Pieper, Berthold Wald & Roger Wasserman
Josef Pieper (1904-1997) was professor of philosophical anthropology at the University of Münster/Germany; he was a member of several academies and received numerous awards and distinctions, among them the International Balzan Prize for outstanding achievements in the field of humanities.
Pieper is among the most widely read philosophers of the 20th century. The main focus of his thought is the overcoming of cultural forms of secular totalitarianism and of its philosophical foundations through a rehabilitation of the Christian concept of man that is related to experience and action. Plato and Thomas Aquinas in particular were the inspiring sources of a constructive criticism of contemporary culture.