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"The most authoritative, detailed and nuanced study to date of the vexed question of the novel's holism, or the relation between its historical "essays" and the fictional text. Love analyzes the complex philosophical provenance of Tolstoy's ideas with utmost care and clarity and shows their simultaneous commitment to both skepticism and affirmation, the finite and the infinite. Love also demonstrates convincingly how Tolstoy's ideas inform the novel's narrative structure, major scenes and life trajectories of the main characters. Love's book is a brilliant corrective to the critical oversimplifications that have long surrounded War and Peace and is a major contribution to Tolstoy scholarship in general." Vladimir E. Alexandrov B. E. Bensinger Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale University "Hedgehog versus Fox, Tolstoy the unifier versus Tolstoy the skeptic, intellect versus senses, thinker versus artist: as Tolstoy himself knew well, to dislodge canonized binaries on any topic often requires long, reasoned narrative argument. We have just such a fine-grained, sustained philosophical argument here. Jeffrey Love takes on those familiar binaries and demonstrates that Tolstoyan truth is dynamic, integrated, durative-and that the two great lessons about human consciousness presented in War and Peace, cognitive humility and finitude, are in fact exhilarating virtues, not human failures or unbridgeable contradictions. A tour-de-force." Caryl Emerson Princeton University "Intense, analytical, philosophical, G. Jeffrey Love's "The Overcoming of History in War and Peace," like Isaiah Berlin's study "The Hedgehog and the Fox," offers rewarding insights into the difficult but central historical-philosophical themes of War and Peace-issues organic to an understanding of Tolstoy's epic work. Here is an important book on Tolstoy." Robert Louis Jackson B.E. Bensinger Professor (Emeritus) Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale University
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Love has been leading groups using the methods of Humanistic Psychology since 1969. He hasbeen involved in the establishing and running of several communities and centers based on the process of personal growth. Among these are Bridge Mountain Foundation in California, Center in Amsterdam, and Finca La Follenca in Spain, Europe's first fully residential growth center. Although he has wide experience in many of the approahces of Humanistic psychology - such as Gestalt, Encounter, Bioenergetics - his speciality is the Enlightenment Intensive process as developed by Charles Berner. He introduced the Enlightenment Intensive format to Europe in 1972. Before he became interested in psychology as a career, he was an architectural-interior deisgner with a background in architectural engineering.