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By Joseph Pieper   
Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Lovers and philosophers are connected by special ties, insofar as both erotic excitement and genuine philosophical quest trigger a momentum that, in this finite existence, can never be stilled. In an encounter with sensual beauty, if man opens up totally to the object of the encounter, a passion is born that, in the realm of the senses, which at first would seem to be the only adequate realm, can never be satisfied. The same holds true for the first moment of philosophical wonder (the wonder that arises from our contact with “reality”); a question arises that, in our finite world – which may mean, for example, with the tools of “science” – will also never receive an answer. The philosopher and the true lover – neither will find fulfillment except through a divine favor.

 

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