The Laws Of Love / Edition 1

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Overview

You are at a dinner with someone attractive. She suddenly kisses you. Or he leans unexpectedly across the table and caresses your thigh. Whatever. You know the kind of encounter and the range of possible responses. Consider the kiss. What does it mean, and where does it lead? Does kissing necessarily imply more, and if so how much? These and similar questions of amorous ethics and erotic disquisition are the central to our everyday intimate public lives and they are the lost object of the law of love, the lex amatoria collated and presented here.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230007185
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/1/2007
  • Series: Language, Discourse, Society Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

PETER GOODRICH is Professor of Law and Director, Law and Humanities at Cardozo School of Law.

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Table of Contents


Preface * Introduction: A Short History of the Laws of Love * Erotic Melancholy * Purloined Love Letters * Contracts of Love * Amorous Wrong by Words * Amorous Wrong by Deeds * The Casuistry of Kissing * Pain, Pleasure and Play * Fidelity and Faithlessness * Intimate Violence
* Suicide * Gifts * Conclusion: Does Love have Standing? * Abbreviated Bibliographies * Index Amorum
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