Welcome. This site will be the virtual home of my book On Patience: Reclaiming a Foundational Virtue, to be published by Lexington Books.
Drawing from a diverse range of sources and philosophical and religious traditions, On Patience lays out and defends a broad account of patience as a central virtue, in a way that transcends the boundaries of any specific metaphysical outlook. The virtue of patience has been recognized, explicitly or implicitly, by thinkers as different as Pope Gregory I, Seneca, Franz Kafka, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Buddhists from the 8th century figure Shantideva to Tenzin Gyatso (the 14th Dalai Lama). On Patience seeks to find the overlapping ground in their insights in order to show that patience is something that we all need in order to make progress in our other pursuits, that patience is best understood as something more than calm waiting, and that, contrary to a common thought, a person can't really be "too patient."
I will be adding supplementary and source material in the section links near the top of the page and posting updates about release dates as they are available. In the mean time, feel free to contact me via the contact information available on my university webpages: http://people.eku.edu/pianaltom or http://philosophy.eku.edu/people/pianalto.