Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love by Andrew ShafferGreat Philosophers Who Failed at Love by Andrew Shaffer

Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love

byAndrew Shaffer

Paperback | January 4, 2011

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“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.
Andrew Shaffer is the author ofGreat Philosophers Who Failed at Loveand, under the pen name Fanny Merkin,Fifty Shames of Earl Grey. His writing has appeared in such diverse publications asMental FlossandMaxim. An Iowa native, Shaffer lives in Lexington, Kentucky, a magical land of horses and bourbon.
Title:Great Philosophers Who Failed at LoveFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.12 × 5 × 0.52 inPublished:January 4, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061969818

ISBN - 13:9780061969812

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from There's hope for the rest of us A fun little book that gives a quick glimpse into the torrid love affairs and heartaches of some of the most famous minds in history. It was interesting to see that some of the noted intellectuals could be so absolutely hopeless when comes to love and romance. Reading this book has definitely increased my interest in learning more about some of these people so I'll be keeping my eye for biographies during my next library trip.
Date published: 2016-11-23

Editorial Reviews

“[An] amusing essay in highbrow schadenfreude...most of the philosophers, giant throbbing intellects and all, simply screwed up like the rest of us.”