Richard Hazzlewood

Biography

Quiet academic type from North West England. BA English, MA Renaissance Literature.

I studied in exile by the rivers of Babylon for 3 years, aka Cambridge. And I descended into Egypt, aka PricewaterhouseCoopers. Now I live in a spiritual hermitage where I study literature, philosophy and religion.

I will let my book preferences speak for me; hopefully you will get an idea of my personality. Here is my current top 10:

1. The Bible; 2. Dante, Divine Comedy; 3. Bonaventure, Journey of the Mind to God; 4. George Herbert, The Temple; 5. Fr Gabriel, Divine Intimacy; 6. Aquinas, Summa Theologica; 7. Kempis, Imitation of Christ; 8. Donne, Poetry; 9. T S Eliot, Four Quartets; 10. Spenser, Fowre Hymnes.

Also, works I most look forward to reading over the coming twelve months:

1. Peter Lombard, Sentences; 2. Origen, Commentary on the Song of Songs; 3. Augustine, City of God; 4. Dante, Vita Nuova; 5. Cheng’en, Journey to the West.

Smashwords Interview

What do you read for pleasure?
Mainly non-fiction: philosophy and spiritual works. I aim to read more poetry.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to convey my ideas to an audience. Also having something substantive behind my online presence, and leaving a personal testament.
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Books

Sexuality and Civilisation
Price: Free! Words: 4,520. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2019. Categories: Essay » Sociology, Nonfiction » Social Science » Sociology
Cultural and philosophical perspectives on the thorny issue of sexuality and its place in our civilisation.
Mass Media Bias
Price: Free! Words: 4,430. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2019. Categories: Essay » Sociology, Nonfiction » Social Science » Sociology
This work investigates the bias inherent in both the media and entertainment industries. It explores British and American examples, and discusses the limits of the trust we should place in mass media generally.
On Law: Reflections on Aquinas & Gratian
Price: Free! Words: 2,730. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2018. Categories: Essay » Sociology, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Social
Looking at the concept of law in a philosophical manner, using Aquinas and Gratian as guides.
The Problem of Modernity
Price: Free! Words: 5,310. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2018. Categories: Essay » Sociology, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Ethics & moral philosophy
Balanced consideration of modernity from the contrasting points of view of decline of tradition, and various material advancements. What does the early 21st Century mean for both our spiritual and material being?
Contemporary Thoughts
Price: Free! Words: 2,030. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2018. Categories: Essay » Sociology, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Ethics & moral philosophy
A short mental digression on the essential struggle of life and the need for wisdom to direct our thoughts and actions.
Culture and Meaning - a Study of Ontological Value in Art and Religion
Price: Free! Words: 11,420. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Aesthetics, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Catholicism
An exploration of core value and meaning in art and religion. Covers topics such as the defence of the spiritual worldview, the ontological ground of painting, and even a chapter on travel, food & drink. I set out how the supply of ontological meaning from art and religion is vital for a full and purposeful life, more so than a life of action.
Good & Evil - A Fragment
Price: Free! Words: 1,040. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Religious
Just a brief creative fragment on my thoughts concerning the modern world, with a spiritual emphasis. It is what it is. If you have 5 minutes to spare, it may provoke some reflection.
Power, Love, Sublimity, Infinity: The Bible
Price: Free! Words: 7,320. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Biblical Criticism & Interpretation / General, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Catholicism
(4.00 from 1 review)
Written with both Christians and non-Christians in mind, this work aims to explore some of the sublime aspects of the Bible. Includes an extended discussion of the Gospels.
The Meditative Beauty of Reading
Price: Free! Words: 10,420. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Aesthetics, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Meditations
(5.00 from 1 review)
A philosophical exploration of the value of reading, by an introvert with a deep interest in literature, philosophy and religion.

Richard Hazzlewood's tag cloud

aesthetics    art    bible    catholic    civilisation    criticism    culture    entertainment    ethics    law    meaning    media    modernity    ontology    philosophy    reading    religion    sexuality    sociology