Sort of Learning
Author: James V. Schall, S.J.
"James V. Schall has written a delightfully odd book about books, because
he believes that (1) to be educated is to confront the great questions about
what is; that (2) many modern students, in or out of school, never learn to
raise, much less answer, the great questions, thus are uneducated in the deepest
sense; and that (3) great books, past and present, which wrestle deeply yet
non-technically with these questions rather than passively mirroring popular
culture with its myopia and prejudices, can fill this vacuum for anyone, in
or out of school. It contains unusually sane reflections on education, unusually
reflective reviews of books, and unusually discriminating booklists. Just the
book I have wanted to give my students for years."
— Peter Kreeft, Boston College
years I have meant to write such a book as Another Sort of Learning, suggesting
how the rising generation might acquire some measure of wisdom despite the intellectual
vices or indifferences of the Academy; but I am happy that Schall has forestalled
me. It is full of much valuable wisdom."
— Russell Kirk, Author, The Conservative Mind
teachers can match Fr. Schall at conveying a sense of the life of the mind,
few would have the audacity to write about `what a student owes his teacher',
or the charm to carry it off, or the wisdom to make it memorable. He never forgets
that `to learn' is a transitive verb, and that its object is truth."
— Joseph Sobran, Editor, National Review
is a book for those who like to read and to think--about ultimate questions
of existence and essence, `about time and learning, about humor and wonder'.
It is chock-full of ideas about reason, faith, doubt, truth, evil and good."
— John H. Bunzel, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Schall's observations about the American scene in general and education in particular
are, as usual, wise and perceptive. He cuts against the grain in exactly the
places where this needs to be done."
— Dr. James Hitchcock, St. Louis University
Inspiring insights from an IP customer
am waiting to board a flight and will be reading my well loved copy of Another
Sort of Learning. I wanted to thank you for writing it. It has been a gift in
When I was just out of high school I was diagnosed with cancer. The treatment caused me to miss the normal college period of a young life. After all the surgeries and treatments I ran for the mountains to wrestle with God. And He patiently wrestled back.
all of this I missed out on formal education. By the time I was ready I could
not afford to attend. I was to busy earning my living. Your book opened up the
exploration of not only why we are alive, but how to live well. It lead to a
better understanding of faith and life. For this I thank you.
I am 40 now. The education your writing helped me find makes life a passionate exploration of the divine in the here and now. And makes the future all the more alluring.
Fr. James Schall, S.J., is a professor of Political Philosophy at Georgetown University, and the author of some 15 books in the areas of social issues, spirituality and literature.
Author: James V. Schall, S.J.
Length: 300 pages
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