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Often what passes for love is a product of self-deception and wishful thinking. Genuine love, according to philosopher Caroline J. Simon, must be based on knowledge of reality, and Christianity affirms that reality includes not just who people are but the unfolding story of who God intends them to be. Taking the use of narrative seriously, The Disciplined Heart draws on works of literature to display a Christian understanding of love in its various forms: love of self, love of neighbor, friendship, romantic love, and marital love. Using instances of love and its counterfeits in novels and short stories by such authors as Flannery O'Connor, Leo Tolstoy, George Eliot, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Simon constructs an account of love's joys and obligations that both charms and instructs. Learned, astute, and elegantly written, The Disciplined Heart is a groundbreaking work at the intersection of theology, philosophy, and literary analysis.
'This is a wise book, written in an engaging dialogue with some of our best novelists, philosophers, and theologians. Simon's profound reflections about the light that love sheds by the fore it carries deserve a wide audience.'
Caroline J. Simon (Ph.D., University of Washington) is the JCaroline J. Simon (Ph.D., University of Washington) is the John and Jeanne Jacobson professor of philosophy and interim ohn and Jeanne Jacobson professor of philosophy and interim dean of social sciences at Hope College. Her primary teachindean of social sciences at Hope College. Her primary teaching fields include ethics, history of ethics and interdisciplig fields include ethics, history of ethics and interdisciplinary humanities. Simon is the author ofIntroduction to Ethicnary humanities. Simon is the author ofIntroduction to EthicC