From the May/June, 2017 issue of Touchstone
book reviews The Slothful Modern by Matthew Kemp

Book Review

The Slothful Modern

Acedia and Its Discontents: Metaphysical Boredom in an Empire of Desire by R. J. Snell

Angelico Press, 2015
(134 pages, $14.95, paperback)

reviewed by Matthew Kemp

When we think of words to describe modern Western culture, "sloth" is not one that usually comes to mind. For one thing, it is a fairly archaic term. But more importantly, we tend to associate it simply with laziness or inactivity. R. J. Snell argues in Acedia and Its Discontents that this is nevertheless a fundamental characteristic of our age. Snell, who was Professor of Philosophy at Eastern University a . . .


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