Great Philosophers Who Failed at Loveby Andrew Shaffer
What do René Descartes, John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Jean-Paul Sartre have in common? That’s right: they were/em>
“Amazing stories! Incredible quotes! Sordid details! This book shows that a genius in the realm of thought can be a dummy in the land of love.” — Tom Morris, author of If Aristotle Ran General Motors
What do René Descartes, John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Jean-Paul Sartre have in common? That’s right: they were all hopeless failures when it came to romance. Author Andrew Shaffer explores the paradox at the core of Western philosophical thought—that history’s greatest thinkers were also the most pathetic lovers to ever walk the earth. With razor-sharp wit and probing insight, Shaffer shows how it’s the philosophers’ missteps, as much as their musings, that are able to truly boggle the intellect.
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Andrew Shaffer is the author of Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love and, under the pen name Fanny Merkin, Fifty Shames of Earl Grey. His writing has appeared in such diverse publications as Mental Floss and Maxim. An Iowa native, Shaffer lives in Lexington, Kentucky, a magical land of horses and bourbon.
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This is a fun read if you might like to review some salacious and tawdry behavior of renowned great thinkers. It's not all tawdry, though. Kant just couldn't seem to kickstart any action towards the opposite sex, and thus failed. BTW, "failure" is used in the broadest terms found in our own general western culture and seems to cover everything short of a blissful monogamous relation. Nonetheless, I found it fun - but not a great book. There is no attempt to analyze why or how someone as say, Rousseau, could help lay down philosophical foundations for modern society and abandon 5 children yet keep their mother and her family around. These sorts of oddities, juxtaposed against our modern notions of obligation make for the entertaining albeit quick read.
ok,but not something I would recommend js
Interesting read...it proves that often super intelligent people are often so at the expense of some other area really lacking...smartest person in the room can easily be the most awkward or distasteful person in the room. If you either love history or psychiatry, this book will interest you. It will give you some great factual information to arm yourself with, for when you son or daughter brings home a philosophy major to meet.