Love as Passion: The Codification of Intimacy

Love as Passion: The Codification of Intimacy

by Niklas Luhmann
     
 

This book takes us back to when passionate love took place exclusively outside of marriage, and Luhmann shows by lively references to social customs and literature how a language and code of behavior were developed so that notions of love and intimacy could be made the essential components of married life. This intimacy and privacy made possible by a social… See more details below

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This book takes us back to when passionate love took place exclusively outside of marriage, and Luhmann shows by lively references to social customs and literature how a language and code of behavior were developed so that notions of love and intimacy could be made the essential components of married life. This intimacy and privacy made possible by a social arrangement in which home is where the heart is provides the basis for a society of individuals--the foundation for the structure of modern life. Love is now declared to be unfathomable and personal, yet we love and suffer--as Luhmann shows--according to cultural imperatives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674539235
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1987
Series:
Cultural Memory in the Present Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.33(h) x 0.93(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface to the English Edition

Introduction

1. Society and Individual
Personal and Impersonal Relationships

2. Love as a Generalized Symbolic Medium of Communication

3. The Evolution of Communicative Capacities

4. The Evolution of the Semantics of Love

5. Freedom to Love
From the Ideal to the Paradox

6. The Rhetoric of Excess and the Experience of Instability

7. From Galantry to Friendship

8. Plaisir and Amour
The Primary Difference

9. Love versus Reason

10. En Route to Individualization
A State of Ferment in the Eighteenth Century

11. The Incorporation of Sexuality

12. The Discovery of Incommunicability

13. Romantic Love

14. Love and Marriage
The Ideology of Reproduction

15. What Now?
Problems and Alternatives

16. Love as a System of Interpenetration

Notes

Index

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