Socrates in Love: Philosophy for a Die-Hard Romantic
Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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Description:” Phillips takes] philosophy out of the ivory tower and into the street.”–“Los Angeles Times”
Christopher Phillips goes to the heart of philosophy and Socratic discourse to discover what we’re all looking for: the kind of love that makes life worthwhile. That is, love not defined only as eros, or erotic love, but in all its classical varieties. Love of neighbor, love of country, love of God, love of life, and love of wisdom. Phillips’s explorations take us from New Orleans at Mardi Gras and the gambling dens of Las Vegas to the last evangelical revival presided over by Billy Graham. He talks with moms and dads about “parent love,” with inmates of a maximum-security prison about “unconditional love,” with Hurricane Katrina refugees and a family who took them in, and with Japanese seniors and schoolchildren in Hiroshima Peace Park. Throughout, he enriches his dialogues with commentary on the great philosophers of love from the ancients to Rumi to Ayn Rand and Anais Nin.