These past two decades, modern technology has brought into being scores of powerful challenges to our interior peace and well-being. We’re experiencing a worldwide crisis of attention in which information overwhelms us, corrodes true communion with others, and leaves us anxious, unsettled, bored, isolated, and lonely.
These pages provide the time-tested antidote that enables you to regain an ordered and peaceful mind in a technologically advanced world. Drawing on the wisdom of the world’s greatest thinkers, including Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, and St. Thomas Aquinas, these pages help you identify – and show you how to cultivate – the qualities of character you need to survive in our media-saturated environment.
This book offers a calm, measured, yet forthright and effective approach to regaining interior peace. Here you’ll find no argument for retreat from the modern world; instead these pages provide you with a practical guide to recovering self-mastery and interior peace through wise choices and ordered activity in the midst of the world’s communication chaos.
Are you increasingly frustrated and perplexed in this digital age? Do you yearn for a mind that is more focused and a soul able to put down that IPhone and simply rejoice in the good and the true? It’s not hard to do. The saints and the wise can show you how; this book makes their counsel available to you.
About the Author
Dr. Joshua P. Hochschild is associate professor of philosophy and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Mount St. Mary’s University. Dr. Hochschild came to the Mount St. Mary’s University in 2005 after teaching for four years at Wheaton College (Illinois). He taught full-time in the Department of Philosophy until 2009, when he received tenure and was named the inaugural Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, a position he held until fall 2015. In 2016 he was promoted to full professor.
Courses taught include Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, Plato’s Later Dialogues, Aristotle’s Metaphysics, Virtue Ethics, Political Philosophy, Thomas Aquinas, and Love and Friendship.
Professor Hochschild’s primary interest is medieval logic and metaphysics, but he has published and lectured on a variety of subjects including the history of ethics, Catholic social thought, urban planning, natural law, globalization, and John Henry Newman.
In 2003 he received the Young Scholar’s Award from the American Catholic Philosophical Association, and in 2004 he gave the Annual Aquinas Lecture at Emory University. In 2008, he was a lecturer for the Blackfriars Aquinas Seminar in Oxford.
Professor Hochschild is a founding member of the Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics and serves on the Executive Council of the American Catholic Philosophical Association. He serves on the editorial board of Anamnesis: A Journal for the Study of Tradition, Place, and ‘Things Divine’.
“This is not a book about technology. It is a book about being restored to ourselves and thus finding peace. It is not primarily about “disconnecting” from our devices but about reconnecting with God and therefore with ourselves.”–Fr. Paul Scalia
“In an age besotted with what Pascal would have called “distraction” (divertissement), Messrs. Hochschild and Blum have drawn deeply from the font of Catholic wisdom to produce a mental and spiritual cure. In this profound and beautifully written book, they help us put aside our distractions and focus our minds and hearts again on what is truly important.”–Randall B. Smith
Professor of Theology, University of St. Thomas (Houston)
“This potent dose of reality confirms what I have often said to my students: that metaphysics can be of practical help in daily life. A Mind at Peace guides us to reclaiming what we may not know we have lost.”–Rev. Paul N. Check, Rector
St. John Fisher Seminary Residence, Diocese of Bridgeport