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Explores deep intimate personal relationships between men and women.
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“I found this book unique in both its topic and style, its approach refreshing, the content provocative. The authors show what they have learned and how they have learned it. The intellectual importance of their work permeates the work’s texture. Those with an interest in the topic of friendship would benefit from reading this book.Were I to see this book at a conference, it is just the sort of book I would purchase to read at the hotel or on the trip home.” — Frances Chaput Waksler, Wheelock College
Scudder and Bishop (Lynchburg College), friends and colleagues for 20 years, describe a particular kind of loving, long-lasting relationship between men and women as "dialogical love": more than friendship but not sexual or romantic, "a relationship of abundant being" in which both partners feel free to be completely themselves. Appropriately, much of the work takes the form of a dialogue between the two as they discuss issues of communication and connection between men and women. They talk about their own relationship as well as similar relationships of people they interviewed and relationships from literature and popular movies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791451168
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Series: SUNY Series in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

At Lynchburg College John R. Scudder Jr. is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus and Anne H. Bishop is Professor of Nursing Emerita. Together they have coauthored a number of books on nursing, including The Practical, Moral, and Personal Sense of Nursing: A Phenomenological Philosophy of Practice, also published by SUNY Press.

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Table of Contents


1. Why Another Interpretation of Love?

2. Abundant Being and Societal Tensions
Dialogical Love and Abundant Being
Societal Restraint and Misdirection
Struggling with Cultural Misdirection
Must Sex Inhibit Friendship?

3. Dialogical Love: Friends or Lovers
Lewis on the Transformation of Sex by Eros
May on How Sex Is Transformed by Eros
Lewis on Friendship and Eros
May on Friendship and Eros

4. Friendship between Men and Women
Simon on Intergender Friendship
Solomon on the Complementary Relationship of Friendship and Love
Plato and Aristotle on Friendship

5. Reaching for Dialogical Love
Lewis Surprised by Joy
Emerson's Rejection of Fuller's Invitation to Dialogical Love
Mill and Taylor's Reaching for Dialogical Love and Finding Feminism

6. I-Thou, Personal, and We-Relationships
The Personal and Categorical: Buber
The Social and the Personal: Macmurray
We-Relationships: Schutz

7. Why Dialogical Love?



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