Philosophers and Love

Philosophers and Love

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Philosophers and Love. Love from Socrates to Simone de Beauvoir is written by two female journalists working for the prominent French intellectual and cultural weekly "Le Nouvel Observateur": Aude Lancelin, assistant director, and Marie Lemonnier.

There's a famous proverb that says love and philosophy do not mix well together. Love, that overall enchanting feeling, is allegedly likely to dismay and withdraw before the general disappointment of the world. Tiny Cupid, in his childish and hostile character alike, hiding the killer bow between his wings, is to join the other gods at the graveyard of old nonsense. This is precisely what Philosophers and Love addresses.

As most philosophers historically have been male, the already limited discussion on the notion of love is also one-sided which will be an underlining thought for this lively, well-written and often subtly ironic account aimed at an educated general public.
With numerous additional references to both historical and contemporary works of fiction and other philosophers, the book humorously highlights the outrageous hypocrisy and frequently toxic practices and ideas of the chosen philosophers: Socrates, Lucretius, Epicurus, Montaigne, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Kant, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger and Arendt, Sartre and de Beauvoir.

  • ISBN: 978-953-8075-13-1
  • Year of the edition: 2016
  • Number of pages: 252
  • Cover: paperback
  • Original title: Les philosophes et l'amour: aimer de Socrate à Simone de Beauvoir
  • Original language: French
  • Translation: Divina Marion
  • Dimensions: 128x200 mm