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5.0 out of 5 stars Truth, Goodness, and Beauty: Truth in Advertising, September 11, 2008
This review is from: C. S. Lewis as Philosopher: Truth, Goodness and Beauty (Paperback)
'C. S. Lewis as Philosopher: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty' is a valuable contribution to the critical literature of a neglected aspect of Lewis' work. Owen Barfield once said that everything Lewis thought was evident in anything he wrote; to get at the heart of his popular fiction, juvenile and adult, and his Christian apologetics, the Lewis reader needs to understand at least in part Lewis' philosophic positions because he was, by training and at least partially by disposition, a philosopher.

This collection of essays delivers on its promised explorations of Lewis' ideas about 'Truth, Goodness, and Beauty' in the breadth of its explorations, the depth and cogency of its arguments, the beauty of the book inside and out, and the clarity and crispness of the prose, which, though written predominantly by professional philosophers, is mercifully free of academic jargon.

Three essays I enjoyed very much and which stretched my thinking as well as my understanding and appreciation of Lewis were Victor Reppert's 'Update on Lewis' Argument from Reason,' Gregory Bassham's 'On the Power of the Imagination,' and Peter Kreeft's opening work on 'Truth, Goodness, and Beauty' that sets the engaging, challenging tone of the collection. What I learned from this fraction of the whole (a fifth!) justified many times the cost of the book.

Again, Lewis as Philosopher and Lewis as Social Critic are the neglected aspects of this brilliant Renaissance Man (as much as the Medievalist might have disliked that term). 'C. S. Lewis as Philosopher' is a valuable addition to the growing awareness of this don and his relevance in understanding virtue, art, and reality. I recommend it with enthusiasm to individuals who are serious readers of CSL and to libraries and schools with collections of Lewis' books, critical and fictional. This is a text to help the neophyte and scholar to a greater appreciation of those books.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Truth, Goodness and Beauty on the Tip of the Tongue of Lewis, September 14, 2013
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I came to this book in a haphazard fashion. I was reading Becoming Who You Are: Insights on the True Self from Thomas Merton and Other Saints, which dug deeply into some of Thomas Merton's thinking. For instance, "Why do we have to spend our lives striving to be something we would never want to be, if we only knew what we wanted? Why do we waste our time doing things which, if we only stopped to think about them, are just the opposite of what we were made for?"

This somehow led me to listen to a talk by the celebrated philosopher Peter Kreeft (who recently wrote Jacob's Ladder: Ten Steps to Truth), on the Good True and Beautiful. I found it online. Kreeft's numerous references to C. S. Lewis and the brilliant thoughts quoted from him were enough to warrant spending some of my time with the thoughts of Lewis. I chose this book because of its title and especially because Peter Kreeft was the author of the first essay found inside, "Lewis's Philosophy of Truth, Goodness and Beauty," which is probably the best essay in the book.

Since, Philosophy is the "love of Wisdom," calling Lewis a Philosopher is merely owning up to the fact that wisdom is found throughout all of his works. The range of his thought is not captured in a single volume. Rather, it is found in the rich nuggets spread throughout all of his works. A quote from Owen Barfield sort of summarizes the quality of thought found sprinkled among all his works, "what he thought about everything was secretly present in what he said about anything." In this, Lewis has a way of pressing the reader to think on his or her own profound thoughts which Lewis seemingly effortlessly makes intuitively obvious, but which the reader needs personal reflection to realize their full impact. For instance, from the movie C.S. Lewis: Through the Shadowlands or Shadowlands, we hear Lewis' famous line, "God whispers in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it's God's megaphone to rouse a deaf world." His thoughts are likened to greats like Augustine of Hippo and Thomas Aquinas.

Lewis has a way to make sense out of impossible to grasp things like suffering and God. He identifies suffering in this world in a very positive way, a "vale of soul making" and concludes that "it seems on the whole to be doing its work." He moves away from traditional descriptions of God, who he says, "is not a static thing ... but a dynamic, pulsating activity, a life, almost a kind of drama. Almost, if you will not think of me as irreverent, a kind of dance."

For those unfamiliar with C. S. Lewis, the plentiful passages and citings found in this work might just be enough to take the reader back to their sources, like Mere Christianity by Lewis, C. S. (Unabridged Edition) [AudioCD(2003)], The Problem of Pain, A Grief Observed (Library Edition)[Unabridged] (Audio CD), The Chronicles of Narnia Complete 7 Volume CD Box Set (Unabridged), Perelandra (Space-Cosmic-Ransom Trilogy, Book 2)(Library Edition) (Space Trilogy), etc.

Not an easy read! But, it's a worthwhile one!
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C. S. Lewis as Philosopher: Truth, Goodness and Beauty by David J. Baggett (Paperback - May 15, 2008)
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