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Published: 17 March 1994

272 Pages

5-5/16 x 8 inches

ISBN: 9780195089172

Bookseller Code (01)

Falling in Love with Wisdom

American Philosophers Talk About Their Calling

Edited by David D. Karnos and Robert G. Shoemaker

In this collection of sixty-four memoirs--almost all of which were written for this volume--American philosophers attempt to explain why they were drawn to philosophy and the difference it has made in their lives. Many recall a single memorable moment, an epiphany that changed forever the way they thought about themselves and the world around them. Others struggle to identify a series of events, or recall childhood awakenings, brushes with death, or the personal pain of social ostracism. These stories, which represent professors of varying ages and special interests, male and female, provide an extremely personal glimpse into the lives and motivations of philosophers. Not only a unique and intriguing collection for colleagues in the field, other academics, or students who both admire and fear these "aristocrats in the classroom," Falling in Love With Wisdom provides remarkable confessions that reveal the all-too-human side of a life dedicated to the pursuit of wisdom.

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