Why Study J.R.R. Tolkien?

Why Study J.R.R. Tolkien?

In order to write a fantasy novel you have to commit to metaphysics – you have to create a world, that world has to have a certain consistency, it has to have ontology, what is being in that world, what is it ethics in that world – and Tolkien is particular interested in these metaphysical questions.

Exploring the Connections between Metaphysics and Political Thought in the Age of Wyclif and Gerson

John Wyclif - image at Wycliffe College Chapel, Toronto - photo by Randy OHC

Russell focuses on how important late medieval thinkers such as John Wyclif (c. 1320 – 1384) and Jean Gerson (1363–1429) understood metaphysics and how this had an instrumental effect on their political thought.

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