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

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“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. Love as Passion is an outstanding contribution to this emerging trend . . . full of novel information and fascinating ideas.”— Contemporary Sociology
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"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. 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: 7/28/1998
  • Series: Cultural Memory in the Present Series
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,078,032
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Niklas Luhmann is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Bielefeld.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the English Edition 1
Introduction 8
1 Society and Individual: Personal and Impersonal Relationships 12
2 Love as a Generalized Symbolic Medium of Communication 18
3 The Evolution of Communicative Capacities 34
4 The Evolution of the Semantics of Love 41
5 Freedom to Love: From the Ideal to the Paradox 48
6 The Rhetoric of Excess and the Experience of Instability 58
7 From Galantry to Friendship 76
8 Plaisir and Amour: The Primary Difference 84
9 Love versus Reason 94
10 En Route to Individualization: A State of Ferment in the Eighteenth Century 97
11 The Incorporation of Sexuality 109
12 The Discovery of Incommunicability 121
13 Romantic Love 129
14 Love and Marriage: The Ideology of Reproduction 145
15 What Now? Problems and Alternatives 155
16 Love as a System of Interpenetration 172
Notes 179
Index 240
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