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Book Review: Great Philosophers who failed at love – Andrew Shaffer

Great Philosophers who failed at love – Andrew Shaffer. Harper Perennial 2011

If you thought you were the only one with love problems, think again. Andrew Shaffer’s entertaining Great Philosophers who failed at love proves that nobody is perfect when it comes to matters of the heart. From Aristotle to Tolstoy, this little book dishes the dirt on 37 famous philosophers, thinkers and writers.

Each essay begins with a brief summary of the romantic life of the featured philosopher followed by a short ‘In his own words’ section which has quotes from the philosopher and an explanation / elaboration.

From Friedrich Engels who tried to convince Karl Marx to come to Paris (“If there were no Frenchwomen, life would not be worth living.”), to Ayn Rand who had an affair with Nathaniel Branden, her colleague and co-founder of the ‘Objectivist’ movement, to famous French philosopher Rousseau who wrote about spanking and was a flasher, this book provides an unusual insight into these famous lives.

(Book source: Publisher)

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One comment on “Book Review: Great Philosophers who failed at love – Andrew Shaffer

  1. […] Great philosophers who failed at love by Andrew Shaffer. This is a little book full of anecdotes, sneaky secrets and an inside look into the lives of 37 philosophers, writers and artists, all of whom had a lousy time with matters of the heart. I reviewed the book here. […]

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