George M. Brockway, Ph.D. (Philosophy, Univ. of Wisconsin)
Dr. Brockway spent many years in the classroom both here in the U.S. and in Switzerland, making Philosophy and other subjects come alive for his students. Trained as a Jesuit, he has read deeply in the classics and the Philosophy of Religion, especially, in recent years, in the area of Buddhist studies. Dr. Brockway also spent time in the private sector, first as an administrator of a General Internal Medicine Clinic and then as a stockbroker and investment consultant in the financial industry. His broad experience and keen interest in teaching give his writing a very practical and down-to-earth bent.
This book, A Spiritual Guide for Retirement follows on an earlier work titled: Some Thoughts on the Big Questions and picks up some of the themes from that earlier work but is largely a new reflection on “the spiritual.” What is it referring to, the two main options for that referent and how it all relates to happiness and achieving a “more fully human” life.
Dr. Brockway steers clear of the arcane or technically advanced disputes around many of these subjects, making his discussion of the spiritual accessible to those who want to go beyond mere sound bites or bromides and really engage with these fascinating topics. Those who take the time to participate in these discussions with Dr. Brockway will come away with a better understanding not only of the spiritual, but also of how it fits in, or doesn’t, with one’s personal and life goals.