Babette Babich-005Unlike most philosophers these days, Babette Babich is just as impressive in person as she is in her books. A gifted orator, she speaks—and at times intones—the way you imagine Epicurus speaking in your dreams: by the sea, with a glass of wine in his hand.

Reading Babette Babich reminds you of what it was like to be young and in love . . . with ideas. There’s an infectious enthusiasm to her style that makes the heart race. Academic life has not ruined Babich. She hasn’t forgotten her first love with the Ephesians. Nor has she grown lukewarm with the Laodiceans. All to the contrary: Babich’s revelations burn with a passionate intensity.