Podcast: Sacred & Profane Love


Through wide ranging conversations with philosophers, literary critics, artists, and theologians, philosopher Jennifer A. Frey explores the nature of love and happiness as depicted in important works of literature, poetry, and film.

Episode 1: Redemptive love and comic mercy in the short stories of Flannery O’Connor 

Forthcoming episodes include:

David McPherson, “Transfiguring love in The Brothers Karamazov”

Talbot Brewer, “Eros and ecstasy in Plato and Ann Carson”

Nancy Snow, “Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself:” A meditation on hope”

Current and Past Episodes


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Jennifer A. Frey is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Carolina.  Prior to joining the philosophy faculty at USC, she was a Collegiate Assistant Professor of Humanities at the University of Chicago, where she was a member of the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts and an affiliated faculty in the philosophy department.  She earned her PhD in philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, and her B.A. in Philosophy and Medieval Studies (with Classics minor) at Indiana University-Bloomington. Her research lies at the intersection of philosophy of action and ethics, with a particular focus on the Aristotelian-Thomist tradition. She is co-Principal Investigator of Virtue, Happiness, & the Meaning of Life.

This project is a project of Virtue, Happiness, & the Meaning of Life and is made possible through a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

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