Love as Passion: The Codification of Intimacy (Cultural Memory in the Present Series)

Love as Passion: The Codification of Intimacy (Cultural Memory in the Present Series)

by Niklas Luhmann
     
 


“I believe that Luhmann is the only true genius in the social sciences alive today. By this, I mean that not only is he smart, extremely productive, and amazingly erudite, though all this is true enough, but also that he has, in the course of an improbable career, elaborated a theory of the social that completely reinvents sociology and destroys its most… See more details below

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“I believe that Luhmann is the only true genius in the social sciences alive today. By this, I mean that not only is he smart, extremely productive, and amazingly erudite, though all this is true enough, but also that he has, in the course of an improbable career, elaborated a theory of the social that completely reinvents sociology and destroys its most cherished dogmas.” So wrote Stephen Fuchs in his Contemporary Sociology review of Luhmann’s major theoretical work, Social Systems (Stanford, 1995). In this volume, Luhmann analyzes the evolution of love in Western Europe from the seventeenth century to the present.
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“Luhmann’s unique, monumental, theory-building effort is best described as a consistent attempt to deploy the tools and the inspirations of three strategies: modern information theory, structuralism, and evolutionary theory. . . . Perhaps nothing conveys more poignantly Luhmann’s unusual blend of scientific precision with artistic sensibility than his replacement of Parson’s ‘reciprocity of perspective’ with his own ‘interpersonal interpenetration.’ The first is cool, calculating, cognitive, and dispassionate; the second connotes a richness of relationship that leaves no human faculty unmoved. . . . Luhmann’s work is important because, arguably, it comes closer than all other sociological strategies to restoring the lost link between academically reputable social theorizing and the subjective experience of life.” —American Journal of Sociology
“There is a dearth of analytical writing about the emotions and sentiments that seem to motivate most human action, at least in everyday discussion, although some researchers are making some efforts to remedy this situation. Luhmann’s Love as Passion is an outstanding contribution to this emerging trend . . . full of novel information and fascinating ideas.” —Contemporary Sociology

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804732536
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
07/28/1998
Series:
Cultural Memory in the Present Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface to the English Edition1
Introduction8
1Society and Individual: Personal and Impersonal Relationships12
2Love as a Generalized Symbolic Medium of Communication18
3The Evolution of Communicative Capacities34
4The Evolution of the Semantics of Love41
5Freedom to Love: From the Ideal to the Paradox48
6The Rhetoric of Excess and the Experience of Instability58
7From Galantry to Friendship76
8Plaisir and Amour: The Primary Difference84
9Love versus Reason94
10En Route to Individualization: A State of Ferment in the Eighteenth Century97
11The Incorporation of Sexuality109
12The Discovery of Incommunicability121
13Romantic Love129
14Love and Marriage: The Ideology of Reproduction145
15What Now? Problems and Alternatives155
16Love as a System of Interpenetration172
Notes179
Index240

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