Thursday, March 17, 2011

Book Review: Great Philosophers Who Failed At Love by Andrew Shaffer

You'd think that being the greatest minds of well, ever, would give these guys a step up in the love department, but it turns out that great philosophers like Nietzche, Engels, Plato, Kant, and Wagner had some pretty twisted relationships.  Each philosopher profile is made up of one or two pages detailing the philosopher's failure at romance and quotes on love.  It's not a great book to read to get an idea of what each philosopher believed, but it will certainly intrigue you.  I'll be looking for biographies on several of these philosophers.  The author is hilarious and it's amazing to read about the crazy things people are capable of.  I'd love to see the author do a series - Great Writers, Great Artists, Great Politicians, etc Who Failed At Love. 

Loved it!  The author does an excellent job of presenting large philsophical ideas about love in short segments.  It's very accessible; I'd even say easy to read.  It's not a scholarly tome and trust me, in no way dry and boring.  However, that is not to say that it isn't well-researched or that the author doesn't know what he's talking about.  It's a great example of an academic work that is accessible to all readers.

Each section is just long enough to convey the story and ideas of each philosopher and just short enough to keep the reader engrossed.  I read this before bed and kept telling myself "one more entry before I go to sleep".  Before I knew it, I had finished the book.  Perfect length to keep your attention and the author's humorous commentary had me laughing out loud.

I definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys biographical trivia, philosophy, humor, or sordid stories. 


  1. I'm definitely going to need to check this one out! I hope it's at my library :)

  2. Darn it, they don't have it ...

  3. Hope I can find this book too. Great review. Sounds different, something I like.