Schall's Twenty Books to Keep Sane By


There is another version of this list in Another Sort of Learning, where it is twenty-five books.

  • Josef Pieper — an Anthology.
  • G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy.
  • C. S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain.
  • E. F. Schumacher, A Guide for the Perplexed.
  • Eric Mascall, The Christian Universe.
  • Dorothy Sayers, The Whimsical Christian.
  • Denis de Rougemont, Love in the Western World.
  • J. M. Bochenski, Philosophy — an Introduction.
  • Hilaire Belloc, Hills and the Sea.
  • John Paul II, Crossing the Threshold of Hope.
  • Conversations with Walker Percy.
  • Conversations with Eric Voegelin.
  • Joseph Pieper, In Defense of Philosophy.
  • G. K. Chesterton, What’s Wrong with the World.
  • Julian Simon, The Ultimate Resource 2.
  • William Wallace, The Modeling of Nature.
  • Paul Marshall, Their Blood Cries Out.
  • Wendell Berry, Fidelity.
  • Anne Husted Burleigh, Journey Up the River.
  • Peter Kreeft, Back to Virtue


James V. Schall, S.J., is Professor of Political Philosophy at Georgetown University and the author of numerous books in the areas of social issues, spirituality and literature including Roman Catholic Political Philosophy, Another Sort of Learning, On the Unseriousness of Human Affairs: Teaching, Writing, Playing, Believing, Lecturing, Philosophizing, Singing, Dancing, and A Student's Guide to Liberal Learning.

Copyright © 1988 James V. Schall

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