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The Art of Living Paperback – December 9, 2017
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"The author is true to his title. Hildebrand writes about virtue with an artist's flair. He shows us the moral life as it is -- and so we can see the overwhelming appeal of every virtue, every value. It is the art of living virtuously that makes love possible and leads us to friendship and communion - with God and neighbor. A better life, the life we want, begins in these luminous pages."
-- Scott Hahn, bestselling author of over forty titles, including The Lamb's Supper and Reasons to Believe.
"The essays in Dietrich von Hildebrand's The Art of Living are a sublime treasury, filled with light and truth. Whoever longs to live fully and truly will do well to discover and cherish this golden book."
-- Eric Metaxas, New York Times Bestselling author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
"The primacy of moral virtue has never had a more passionate, insightful--and bracing-- champion in the modern era than Dietrich von Hildebrand. Men and women of all faiths should celebrate the reissue of this inspired volume."
-- Rabbi Mark Gottlieb, Senior Director, The Tikvah Fund
“Hildebrand's thought will stand the cultural test of time because his subjects are perennial and therefore always contemporary. He also stands the test of comparison with recognized greats in the field (Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Kant—he takes valuable insights from all four and points out what is missing in all four).” — *Peter Kreeft* (from the Foreword)
About the Author
DIETRICH VON HILDEBRAND (1889–1977) was a seminal philosopher known for his works in ethics, aesthetics, social philosophy, and philosophy of religion. He was one of Europe’s most outspoken voices against Nazism and Communism. A convert to Catholicism, he had a profound impact on the thought and life of the Church in the twentieth century.
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In this little volume Hildebrand offers a down to earth introduction to virtue but also value—the experiential encounter with the good and what truly matters. His fundamental insight in which he drew upon his teacher Max Scheler was how the motivation to pursue virtue is mediated through our experience. While Hildebrand recognizes the duty which objective moral values impose upon the personal agent, he prioritizes reverence for the true, the good, and the beautiful for moral development. When these are seen in reverence, the heart is moved to live in charity as it is moved by the testimony of Hildebrand's example—the beauty of a life well-lived.
The reason I gave it four stars is that I believe Hildebrand's insights are best elaborated with critical commentary. For example, incorporating elements of Karol Wojtyla's critique of Schelerian ethics, setting Hildebrand in relation to the philosophia perennis especially Augustine and Aquinas, acknowledging where Hildebrand could be further developed. Perhaps such a critique would be better suited to a critical edition or a collection of commentary articles. In any event I would like to see Hildebrand's own writing set in its historical and intellectual context alongside those who influenced him and those whom he influenced.
Equally impressive were the two essays written by Alice von Hildebrand on communion and hope. If one finds a limited amount of reading time and has to pick and choose which chapters to read, I would start with these two, followed by the chapter on reverence.
However, I recommend reading (and rereading) the entire book. There are countless nuggets of wisdom throughout and the more it is read, the more one will find.