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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German
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  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (October 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898702615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898702613
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,689,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By uk_student on July 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
Living the Truth is probably the best of Pieper's books. It offers the finest insights into Medieval epistemology available, illuminating philosophy from Plato to Aquinas in a remarkable way. The second part of the book, building on the first, gives completely fesh insights into the basis of moral action, grounded in the knowledge of essences. Perhaps the most significant thing about the book is that it shows what has been lost in Western philosophy since the Enlightenment, where the concern changed from knowledge of essence to empiricism.
As usual with Pieper, the book is written with consumate clarity.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Neri on May 4, 2002
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This book reads much more like a methodology of how Pieper uses philosophy, and his justifications for his usage, than any of the previous books of his I have read. Pieper defines how modern thought has corrupted much of our vocabulary - in comparison with the Medieaval use - of such words as: truth, reality, knowledge, perception, idea, essence, object, subject, imagine, potential capacity, natural, ideal, cognition, will. He also makes an effort to clear the name of Aquinas, from past abusers of his ideas, Aquinas being the primary philosopher Pieper draws his ideas from. Pieper largely defends Medieaval thought against the Modern. The Modern insignificantly began with Montaigne, significantly started with Decarte, and became rock solid with Kant (each with their legions of followers). Pieper is a defense of what there was before. How what is good in the Western Tradition fundamentaly lays there. The book's points are profound; at their essence the most profound of all of Pieper's books I have read thus far. However, they are also the most abstract and possibly the least accessable to the common reader, such as myself.
Many of Pieper's books read much more as a guide to living a better life, this is not one of them. Abuse of Language Abuse of Power is, as are Leisure the Basis of Culture and The Virtues of the Human Heart - and many of his other books I have not read as of yet. These books are accesible and ones, I believe, that will result in a reader making postive life changes significantly altering one's view of the world for the better, for themselves and their brothers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Johnston on August 14, 2013
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"Truth" is usually put in quotes by modern academic philosophers who tell us that the word only applies to what can be demonstrated scientficially (E=MC2) or empirically (Alaska is bigger than Texas). Pieper, however, is concerned with wisdom, with those truths that help the human person to flourish. He is a wondferfully concise writer; his books are short and aphoristic; you can start with any of them, and this would be a good choice.
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