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Pieper, Josef. Über die Liebe

Mon, Feb 22, 2021 One-minute read

There are some books, not many, that make me sad that I have read them. Not because I would feel that I have wasted my time reading them, but sad that I cannot read them for the first time again. Josef Pieper’s treatise on love is one of them.

He gives a broad overview of the many concepts we usually subsumed under the heading “love” and works out what all of them have in common and why some do not fit into the schema. Pieper’s language is beautiful, almost lyrical. It makes me wonder how it would have been to be able to study with him.

I will have to go through this book once more. There is a lot of useful information in this book that I want to extract for later use. I have seen a few interesting bibliographical notes that I need to investigate.

Pieper, Josef. Über die Liebe. München: Kösel-Verlag, 2014. 236 pages. ISBN 978-3-466-37064-1. Originally published in 1972. An English translation is available in the book faith. hope. love.