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Does technology destroy the truly human? Is beer essential to the good life? The Lord of the Rings raises many such searching questions, and this book attempts some answers. Divided into five sections concerned with power and the Ring, the quest for happiness, good and evil in Middle-earth, time and mortality, and t Can power be wielded for good, or must it always corrupt?
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Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Apr 30, Steven Williams rated it really liked it. This book is another in the Popular Culture and Philosophy series. In it like the others are a group of philosophers and other academics that examine the popular item in the title. In this case they discuss various philosophical positions based on their reading of The Lord of the Rings. They are grouped into a topical nature delineated into parts.
The first part looks at the Ring itself, followed by essays on happiness aspects of the book in part two. Part three examines what the book has to say This book is another in the Popular Culture and Philosophy series.
Part three examines what the book has to say about good and evil. Then, part four discusses time and mortality as it appears in the book. Finally, the last part looks at what you can learn about what ends and endings can teach us. I have a number of comments on specific pieces of text. Each is prefaced the lord of the rings and philosophy page numbers in brackets  from the Open Court paperback edition of Theoretically, we could put the design specifications of any object into an assembler-driven replicator, and as long as it was supplied with enough of the right sort of atoms, the replicator would produce it.
Does anyone know if this is not anything but a pipe dream at the present time? I am not naysaying here. I only wonder if the dream is ahead of the reality at the moment. I wonder whether or not these are things are not the result of happiness and not causal factors in having it. Gollum ends up not just in misery but in destruction. I would put an asterisk on this belief because we do not know what level of intelligence and consciousness that these birds possess, which are two important qualifications for moral deliberation.
So, this maybe a non-transferable action to human beings. He just makes statements and grants that they are true.
Humans thus exist for no purpose.
Their lives have no inherent meaning. Humans have to qualify for gaining access to heaven, so all actions they perform are geared towards gaining this access. But, if heaven is your abode would not an eternity worshiping god become a little bit tedious a lot, actually. Anyway, it is human beings who determine their own purposes goals and provide their life with meaning what is important.
I have many goals, so my life is filled with purpose, and there is also plenty of things I find important in my life. Thus, a world without god still contains a lot of purpose and meaning, it just resides in the brain mind in us, and not given to us by some inexplainable god. What mathematical beauty entails is never explained very well in my opinion from anything I have read. This means we should not make lists of good or bad actions, or try to formulate general principles that allow no exceptions.
While I would agree that lists where morals are concerned should never have no exceptions, but as guidelines, including these lists seem like a positive contribution to ethics. Virtues and ethical guidelines are not mutually exclusive.
I think he is arguing against straw-men here. These are some of the worst forms of modernism. Modernism that values science and rationality has much to recommend itself for. I do realize that these are not the only things of value in life, but I maintain they are very important, and modern life would not be possible without them, and much poorer if you could actually reject them.
Our emotions and feelings seem crucial to any action, both physical and mental. And, at the end, when philosophic thought has done its best, the wonder remains. The book, being an anthology, had both its good and its bad chapters from my point of view.
Dec 12, Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings seems to have undercurrents and bits of different philosophical, spiritual, and historical ideas running through it.
There were both those writers who I could agree with, and those writers that I was in disagreement with. These agreements and disagreements where either in the writers philosophical approach or in the specifics of what they argued for.
Overall, I enjoyed this book, partly because it takes as its starting point one of my favorite works of fiction, and partly because of what was actually said. I should mention that this was the second time I have read it. If you have and interest in The Lord of the Rings the lord of the rings and philosophy are even a bit curious about philosophy you should enjoy this book. For those who have and interest in neither, I would not even bother to pick it up.
Jan 31, Chris rated it liked it Shelves: philosophy. Wow, remember when I was reading things? One thing I noticed about my period of unemployment was that I didn't do a lot of the things I thought I would do if I had the time to do them.
Drawing, for example - I barely drew anything. And reading, too. I hardly picked up a book. I spent a lot of time going out or on the computer, but I didn't read. One reason might be that the only chair I have in the apartment is at my desk, so there's a lot of distraction. But another is just that, when you have Wow, remember when I was reading things? But another is just that, when you have all the time in the world to do what you want, you actually find ways of doing it So, with a return to gainful employment arrived, I've finally finished a book.
And it's not a bad one. Much like the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy bookthis one tries to examine some basic philosophical questions by using examples drawn from the characters and concepts in The Lord of the Rings. For example - does power really corrupt, and could a good person go bad? Why would the Elves view death as a gift while Men were so desirous of immortality?
What are the environmental themes of this book? And is more advanced technology automatically dangerous? I found that last one interesting, because I view science and technology as being, overall, beneficial to humanity.
But is there a point where it becomes too powerful to be beneficial? Just as the One Ring was too powerful to be used for good, might, say, nanotechnology eventually do us harm against our will?
It's a good read if you're a Tolkein fan and have read a lot of his work.Does technology destroy the truly human? Click to Enlarge. The Lord of the Rings raises many such searching questions, and this book attempts some answers. Can power be wielded for good, or must it always corrupt? Is beer essential to the good life?