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This book portrays the struggles of the young philosopher, his experiences during World War II, the evils of Nazism, and the difficulties of being an intellectual Christian during that period in history. Josef Pieper, well known as a lay philosopher who has popularized St. Thomas Aquinas, is respected throughout the world for his penetrating analysis and clear explanations of the most crucial Christian concepts.
Josef Pieper, perhaps the most popular Thomist philosopher of the twentieth century, was schooled in the Greek classics and the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas. He also studied philosophy, law, and sociology, and he was a professor at the University of Munster, West Germany. His numerous books have been widely praised by both the secular and religious press.