An endorsement by Professor Juliana Pilon for Michael Novak's new book, The Myth of Romantic Love and Other Essays, appears on the back cover of the book. It reads as follows:
The provocative title of this wonderful collection of essays should not obscure the absolute centrality of love in Michael Novak's philosophical outlook. For while romantic infatuation evaporates as hormones retreat, true love requires that we "spend a lifetime being instructed in its secrets." We humans were chosen, as "God wished to show what he is made of, to let us look behind the veil at the Love that moves the sun and all the stars." In God's Image-which is Love itself-were we created. For Novak, love is "to will the good of the other as other"-certainly not as what benefits us, nor as we imagine it to be: no one is to be treated as a means, only as an end. Novak's elegant proase and simple yet profound insights lead naturally to a defense of individual freedom and democratic capitalism that is fully backed by empirical facts but is ultimately based upon deeply moral principles which cannot fail to inspire the perceptive reader.
Dr. Pilon is Director of IWP's Center for Culture and Security.