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Lost in Thought by Zena Hitz

Lost in Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of an Intellectual Life

Zena Hitz

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Category: Philosophy, Non-fiction
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 21 May 2020
ISBN: 9780691178714
3 stars out of 5
14 Jun 2020

"its vision of eternity unluckily contrives to miss the mood of the moment"

Much of this book is beautiful. I share Hitz’s conviction that academics must shorten the distance between what we research and the interests and concerns of the working world. I very much enjoyed the extracts from Jonathan Rose’s work on impoverished lives transformed by study from the late 18th to the early 20th centuries. I have even downloaded the St John’s College Great Books curriculum reading list. But Hitz’s paean to poverty and her condemnation of the comforts of YouTube are unfortunately timed. In a while, we may feel differently about her book.