The Loss and Recovery of Truth

The Loss and Recovery of Truth : Selected Writings

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  • Hardback | 696 pages
  • 164 x 230 x 62mm | 1,219.98g
  • St. Augustine's Press
  • English
  • 158731472X
  • 9781587314728

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"This book is a wonderful introduction to the thought of Gerhart Niemeyer. For Niemeyer, the twentieth century was a terrible one that was deformed by ideological thinking that had destructive effects on politics, education, and religion. This loss of truth, of a correct order for personal and communal existence, and its recovery was a continual preoccupation for Niemeyer. For those who wish to understand our contemporary, civilizational crisis, they should read this book not only to understand the roots of our current ideological predicament but how to remedy this condition by returning to an spiritual existence that orders the Western tradition."Lee TrepanierAssociate ProfessorEducation North 220Political Science DepartmentSaginaw Valley State UniversityUniversity Center, MI 48710-0001 This volume provides definitive evidence that Gerhart Niemeyer was a thinker for all seasons. By diagnosing ideology as a spiritual corruption and loss of reality in a way that transcends the immediate controversies to which he attended, Niemeyer s writings serve as an indispensable guide for those following him into the twenty-first century. Niemeyer s personalist recovery of the truth of existence demonstrates that the recovery of order necessitates much more than holding right opinions. Included in this volume are essays on philosophical Christianity and the hospice movement that remind the reader of Plato s view that philosophy is learning to die.John von Heyking, Ph.D.Associate ProfessorDepartment of Political ScienceUniversity of Lethbridge4401 University Drive WestLethbridge, ABT1K 3M4CANADA"show more

About Gerhart Niemeyer

Gerhart Niemeyer (1907 1997), a prominent twentieth-century Conservative thinker, immigrated to the United States from his native Germany in 1937. He taught at Princeton and Oglethorpe Universities and worked at the State Department and the Council on Foreign Relations before accepting a teaching position at the University of Notre Dame in 1955, where he taught until 1992. Between 1976 and 1982 he also taught at Hillsdale College in Michigan. An expert on international law and on Communist Ideology he was the author of An Inquiry into "Soviet Mentality, Handbook on Communism, Deceitful Peace: A New Look at the Soviet Threat, Between Nothingness and Paradise," and "Law Without Force: The Function of Politics in International Law," as well as numerous essays and book reviews.Michael Henry studied political theory under Gerhart Niemeyer at the University of Notre Dame, where he received his doctorate in 1974. Since 1977 he has been teaching philosophy at St. John s University in New York. He is also the Series Editor of The Library of Conservative Thought of Transaction Publishers."show more