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Catholic Review of: Disorientation

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Author:  John Zmirak

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This item received 5 stars overall. (04/13/2012)

Orthodoxy: Completely orthodox.
Reading Level: Advanced

 Sarah ReinhardBy Sarah Reinhard (OH) - See all my reviews


A great resource that's also a great education!

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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.

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