Manfred Geier was born in 1943 and taught linguistics and literature for many years at the Universities of Marburg and Hanover. He currently lives in Hamburg and works as a freelance writer. His publications include Kant’s World: A Biography (2009), The Humboldt Brothers: A Dual Biography (2009), The Flash of Inspiration (2013), Wittgenstein and Heidegger. The last Philosophers (2017). He also contributed several volumes to an encyclopaedia published by Rowohlt and has written monographs on Karl Popper, Martin Heidegger and the Vienna Circle.
PHILOSOPHER’S LOVE – FROM SOCRATES TO FOUCAULT
Love is a long-burning issue of philosophy. From antiquity to the present day, people have philosophised about love, which reveals itself in a variety of forms and norms. But what really happened when philosophers not only philosophised, but also loved, from the initial games of seduction to the culmination of sexual lust?
With the aid of eleven biographical cases, from Socrates and Augustine to Martin Heidegger and Michael Foucault, Manfred Geier, author of several biographies of philosophers, documents how without their erotic lust, the philosophers would not have become searcher after wisdom.