A Philosopher Looks at the Religious Life


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Cambridge University Press
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5.1 X 7.7 X 0.7 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

Zena Hitz is a Tutor at St. John's College, Annapolis, Maryland, where she teaches students across the liberal arts. Her acclaimed book Lost in Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of an Intellectual Life (Princeton University Press, 2020) was widely discussed and reviewed in a number of prominent periodicals which included the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, and the Irish Times.


'Hitz's perceptive, humane study is an ideal guide for anyone who suddenly finds someone they know hearing the call, or, even more, hears it themselves.' Washington Examiner
'As a philosopher, her view of religious life is thought-provoking and distinct; as a practicing Catholic, it avoids both abstraction and sentimentality.' The Lamp
'As in any lively conversation, Hitz's book unfolds often freewheelingly and provocatively, resisting linear synopsis and predictable conclusions.' The Public Discourse
'It is a book written from the heart and rooted in deep rumination on wide reading, careful observations, and first-hand experiences.' Current
'Hitz invites her readers to question often unexamined assumptions about the comfort and security personal achievement can provide.' First Things
'We live in a time in which few people write about the lives of consecrated religious. In such a context, this book would have been a welcome contribution to the literature were it only half as intelligent and articulate as it actually is. But even if our bookstores were overflowing with commentaries on the religious life, 'A Philosopher Looks at the Religious Life' would stand out for its distinctive and thoughtful approach, the breadth of its learning, and its willingness to speak to those entirely unfamiliar with, perhaps even hostile to, so much of what constitutes the great and unfathomable mystery of this life.' Sister Carino Hodder, The Lamp
'Hitz the philosopher does some of her best work here ... [a] stirring and beautiful book.' James Matthew Wilson, National Review