In forty-three brief essays from the life of a philosopher, Charles Taliaferro guides us toward the heart of human being in all of its absurdity and joy. Electrocuted by his coffee maker during class, battling dragons on his rooftop, and accompanying his father to the border between life and death, Taliaferro recommends to us a life vulnerable to silliness, pain, and the depths of love they create in us. Hilarious and sobering, Love, Love, Love investigates what we need most to live humanely, humorously, faithfully, and well.
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Love Love Love And Other Essays
“Charles Taliaferro has always struck me as a paradigmatic philosopher—equal parts creative thinker, careful scholar, and passionate teacher. In these short essays, occasioned by the great and small exigencies of his own life, as well as by the broader flow of cultural events that impinge on us all, he brings the full richness of his philosophical training and insight into the service of thinking and living well, day to day. Ultimate issues are treated with a deftness and disarming simplicity, and yet richly complex echoes of their wisdom will linger long after these pages are read. It’s good to see a philosopher who is so well respected and accomplished in the academic world courageously appraise the ordinary things of life to be as worthy of his disciplined thought as the extraordinary tools and texts he brings to bear on them.” —Tom Morris, author, Philosophy for Dummies and If Aristotle Ran General Motors
“There is a splendid phrase to describe a work of art that is created in particular circumstances: such work is made in situ. In a sense, these essays were each written in situ, occasioned by specific events that are odd or embarrassing, like sleepwalking nearly naked late at night in a major metropolitan hotel, or tragic, like the death of a parent. . . . But they were also written in an effort to touch on wide themes, such as the pathetic futility of vanity, the awakening of faith, and the surprising consolation and joy to be found in friendship. To summarize the overall goal of this collection, my aim is the exploration of different aspects of love.”—from the Introduction