Disorientation – A Review & A Giveaway

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I like to think that I like philosophy, but maybe I just like the idea of philosophy. When my husband took a philosophy class a few years ago, while he was working on his degree, I insisted we keep the textbook. It’s still sitting on the shelf, unread by me. I still might get to it, though…someday…

I was intrigued, then, to read Disorientation. It’s philosophy, but in a debunking sort of vein. This is a collection of today’s great Catholic thinkers showing me, the common reader, what’s wrong with the popular philosophies and mindsets that pervade culture now, including more than one that I didn’t know by name.

On the one hand, you’ll read about what’s wrong with Relativism; on the other, you’ll read why Multiculturalism is, in fact, an error in thinking. Who knew that Consumerism was more than just something to avoid and that Americanism was more than having a few too many flags?

The list of contributors is a who’s who, and the writing is just what you’d expect from this gang of excellence. It’s arranged by year—Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior—and is intended to be for college-age people. I think, though, that it’s a great book for any adult, especially if you want to understand the mindsets that are prevalent today.

What I enjoyed the most was reading something that prepared me for discussions that involve these multi-syllable philosophical terms. Each essay has its own recommended reading and is written to be understood quickly.

Whether you’re a college student, a parent, or just, like me, someone who wants to know, you’ll find a great resource and good education in this book.

Thanks to Aquinas & More, we have a copy of Disorientation to offer as a giveaway. Leave a comment by Friday, July 15 at Midnight PST, and we’ll randomly draw a winner! 

Copyright 2011 Sarah Reinhard

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  1. I’m not commenting to enter to win (I am disqualifying myself) but I wanted to thank you for reviewing this book – I will definitely get it for our family!

  2. Constance Hull on

    I have read excellent reviews of this book in the past and it has been on my list of books to read. What a great resource for college students and parents alike!

  3. Peter Kreeft is able to make the difficult easy to understand. I haven’t read ‘Disorientation’ yet. Hope to. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. 🙂

  4. This is great, Sarah. Thanks for a head’s up on this book. I checked out the book’s corresponding website, and I noticed there are several tools there, too, to help parents or instructors read/facilitate this book with their children/students. Seem like a great book to give to our parish’s youth ministry team!

  5. This looks like a really good book! Thanks for bringing such high quality literature to my attention. I’m definitely going to have to check it out now!

  6. I have been wanting to read this one! I think it’s a really interesting format and a great idea to prepare students to combat the ideologies that will be presented as truths if they are studying anything in the humanities.

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