"The Devil and Pierre Gernet: Stories" by David Bentley Hart

Thursday, 30 Aug 2012

To someone for whom the twentieth-century philosophers Martin Heidegger and Jean-Luc Marion are unknown gods, reading D. B. Hart can be a bit daunting. My mother called it the intellectual equivalent of riding a seat-less mountain bike. Convinced as I am that there is every bit as much pleasure as there is pain in the travail through Hart's body of work (I make no such claim for the mountain-bike analogy), it is incumbent upon me to offer a helpful hint for the novice embarking on reading his work. Hart is first and foremost an aesthete. In ...

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