Horst Hutter’s classes at Concordia University changed my life, as they have changed the lives of hundreds of students over the course of the last 40 years. It was there, in his seminar, that I was first “struck and bitten by the words of philosophy, which cling on more fiercely than a snake.” And I know I’m not alone. Indeed, if I had $100 for every time—in the last 20 years—that I met someone who loved (and was profoundly transformed by) one of Horst’s classes, my student loans would have been paid off years ago. Like countless others, I “shared the madness and Bacchic frenzy of philosophy” because of Horst. Though his classes do tend to focus on the works of Plato and Nietzsche, he’s not your typical narrow-minded academic specialist, as any former student will tell you. All to the contrary, Horst is the real deal: a philosopher, a lover of wisdom, a modern-day Socrates. To fully appreciate the effect that Horst has on his students, you really must go back to Plato’s Symposium, to Alcibiades’s drunken rant at the end of the dialogue, wherein he talks about the intoxicating effects of Socrates’s speech.
—John Faithful Hamer, The Myth of the Fuckbuddy (2016)