PRACTICAL THEOLOGY, SPIRITUALITY and FORMATION
THINK BETTER Unlocking the Power of Reason Ulrich L. Lehner
In a world dominated by half-truths, illogic, and intellectual laziness, Think Better helps readers understand what reason is and how to use it well. Reason is a powerful tool not only for finding our way in an in- creasingly complex world but also for growing intellectually and emotionally. This short, accessible volume unlocks the dynamics of human reason, helping readers to think critically and to use reason confidently to solve problems. It enables them to think more clearly and precisely about the world, and it tackles a num- ber of profound philosophical questions without getting bogged down with jargon. Written in an accessible style that integrates philosophy, illustrations, personal anecdotes, and statistical data, this book is well suited for use in undergraduate, classical school, and home school con- texts. It is an invaluable guide for anyone interested in gaining better reasoning skills and a more rational approach to life. ULRICH L. LEHNER (PhD, University of Regensburg; DHabil, Central European University) is the William K. Warren Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He is a trained philosopher, theologian, and historian and has published widely on the history of religion, culture, and thought. Among his more than twenty authored and edited books is the bestseller God Is Not Nice and the groundbreaking Catholic Enlightenment . Lehner lectures at universities worldwide and is frequently interviewed in the media.
NOVEMBER 2021 • 192 pp. • paper • $21.99 • 9781540964762
“A book that intellectually and morally serious people of all ages will want to read.” —ROBERT P. GEORGE, Princeton University “The issues addressed here are of utmost importance. Individual people, churches, society, and the world will be much better off if this book has the impact that it deserves.” —CHRISTIAN SMITH, University of Notre Dame “An engaging and deeply humane guide to human thought. I can only hope this book makes its way into every freshman dorm room in America.” —JENNIFER FREY, University of South Carolina
Introduction: Empowering Minds 1. Knowledge Is the Basis of Good Reasoning 2. Have Realistic Goals and Humility 3. The Power of Reason and Eternity 4. Knowing Yourself Is the Key to Logical Thinking 5. Good Thinking Is Always Focused 6. Critical Thinking 7. Without Order There Is No Good Reasoning 8. Ignorance Is Not Bliss 9. Real Thinking Sets You Free 10. Thinking Happens in a Soul, Not a Computer 11. Majority Rules Don’t “Make” Truth 12. Real Thinking Discovers Causes 13. Thinking about Goods, Values, and Morality 14. Thinking Saves Lives 15. Empathy Is Achieved by Hard Thinking 16. Leadership, Values, and Your Thoughts 17. Creative Thinking Is Not a Mystery 18. Reasoning Helps Us Find Unity in a Divided World Index
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