Lovers of Philosophy by Warren Ward.

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This book is an intriguing exploration of the intimate lives of seven great philosophers and how their love lives shaped their philosophy.1 The reader learns about Kant’s smitten infatuation, Hegel’s premarital liaison with a married woman, Nietzsche’s conflict and heartbreak, Heidegger’s hypocrisy, Sartre’s open relationship and polyamorous lifestyle, Foucault’s gay liberation and Derrida’s extramarital affairs.

The lives of these philosophers are explored against the backdrop of socio-political changes in Europe from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries. This provides the readers with a personalised and contextualised introduction to a wide range of philosophical movements including German idealism, phenomenology, existentialism, post-structuralism and deconstructionism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)406-406
Number of pages1
JournalAustralasian psychiatry : bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes


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