Every story, long or short, has five dimensions. They are usually called its 1) plot, 2) characters, 3) setting, 4) style, and 5) theme. We could call them respectively, the story’s 1) work, 2) workers, 3) world, 4) words, and 5) wisdom. “Philosophy” means “the love of wisdom.” So a story’s philosophy is one of its five basic dimensions.
Which “dimension” sold The Lord of the Rings? All five.
That’s from Peter Kreeft’s latest article in the Late Summer edition of the The Classical Teacher. Read the rest here.