Monday, April 9, 2012

Short Books, Long on Wisdom (I)

All of these books are very short ( > 150 pages) but exceptionally insightful; many of these books would be accessible to curious and attentive teenagers. All will sustain multiple readings. The topics range over philosophy, theology, poetry, science, music, architecture and psychology. Above all, these short books are a school in which to learn the "art of living," a liberal education for those whose notions of wisdom aren't measured by the catena of degrees after a surname.
  • Marilynne Robinson, Absence of Mind
  • Wendell Berry, Life is a Miracle
  • Edmund Rubbra, Counterpoint
  • Richard Weaver, Ideas Have Consequences
  • E.F. Schumacher, A Guide for the Perplexed
  • David Watkin, Morality and Architecture
  • George Grant, English-Speaking Justice
  • Owen Barfield, Saving the Appearances
  • Josef Pieper, Leisure: the Basis of Culture
  • Viktor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning
  • Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath
  • Romano Guardini, Letters from Lake Como: Explorations in Technology
  • Ivan Illich, In the Vineyard of the Text
  • Roger Scruton, On Hunting
  • C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man
  • Martin Buber, The Way of Man
  • Etienne Gilson, Methodical Realism
  • Michael Polanyi, The Tacit Dimension
  • Dietrich von Hildebrand, Marriage: The Mystery of Faithful Love
  • Leszek Kolakowski, Metaphysical Horror

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