The intellectual life: its spirit, conditions, methods.


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Aug 19, 2008

Insightful and Unequivocal

This book was required reading material for a class I took. I could not be more pleased with a required piece of reading. This book gives excellent information about how to live - how to live an intellectual life. Sertillanges advises how to spend time - almost down to the very minute in order to maximize one's life for intellectual enrichment. There is so much good advise that it is a bit daunting to try to implement all at once. However, I am sure Sertillanges was aware of this difficulty and may have said some words about it (yet, since it has been a little over a year since I read it I cannot recall with certainty). If you invest the money in this book (which is not much), and if you faithfully give yourself over to his guidance, you shall be repaid 100-fold for your trouble. Even though I often sell books back at of a end of a class I would not part with this text - I am keeping it as a reference for how to best spend my limited time in life.


Apr 26, 2007

An interesting manual

I read this book a number of years ago, and noticed that it had been reissued. It originally appeared in 1934. Admittedly it does show its age, in both style (which tends to be a bit, er, "floral") and its research advice (pre-computer). Nevertheless, I was not disappointed in re-reading it. Sertillanges is not of that hardheaded "How to Organize your Life and your Time" school, but directs himself to encouraging the intellectual life for its own sake -- a rare encouragement in a time, such as ours, in which knowledge is encouraged only insofar as it facilitates the acquisition of something other than the knowledge itself.

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