New York: Sheed and Ward, 1951. First edition. Octavo, original green cloth, original dust jacket. Ink stamped to base of front flap, mild toning to blank endpapers. A near-fine copy. Item #1247
"PHILOSOPHERS, FOR THE AVERAGE MAN, ARE AN OBJECT OF FUN"
First edition of Donald Nicholl's first book—an introductory survey to the contemporary trends in modern philosophy.
"Donald Nicholl was one of the most widely influential of modern Christian thinkers, a teacher and writer whose words have inspired people in many countries and churches, and someone whose personal life wonderfully reflected his beliefs. But he was always a storyteller rather than a systematician".(Adrian Hastings The Independent). After serving in the Second World War, Nicholl returned to Oxford University and, under the influence of Edith Stein and Ida Friederike Görres, converted to Catholicism. Described as "A Catholic looks at recent developments in Existentialism, Logical Positivism, Freudianism, and other Modern Philosophies," the book consists of four sections: I. Modern Philosophy, II. The Natural Sciences, III. Psychology, IV. Conclusion. "A meditative and and skillful study of recent methods in philosophy, science, and pyschology" (George McLean). The main text is supplemented with two appendixes: Appendix I. Play. Appendix II. Freedom. McLean, An Annotated Bibliography of Philosophy in Catholic Thought 1900-1964.