Day 356 — Book Resource Christmas Philosophy For Everyone

To give this book its full title, Christmas — Philosophy for Everyone: Better than a Lump of Coal investigates the history of philosophy while delving into the different approaches to the festive season, such as the perspectives of Aristotle, Hume, Kant and Nietzsche. There’s a number of contributing essays in this collection edited by Scott Lowe, with religion, icons (both secular and otherwise), morality and commercialism.

Naturally the topic of religion arises often in this kind of book, but there’s a very strong sense of how Christmas has moved well beyond religious observance for many, leading to different ethical and social conundrums such as gift-giving and receiving, supporting traditions and even the stories, from as Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to The Polar Express. Whether or not you think “Putting the “Yule” back in “Yuletide” is a necessary goal of Christmas, I enjoyed this book for the many different and creative approaches it took with the topic.

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