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 . . .