Love's Vision

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Overview

"Jollimore's voice is all his own: fluent in, but not limited by, the idiom of academic philosophy. Here he suggests that love is perception, of a special kind. By magnifying the traits of the person we love, by enveloping us in them, love shows us what is really there. One might say that his book does something similar, letting us see love as it is, in a distinctively insightful and absorbing way."—Niko Kolodny, University of California, Berkeley

"Love's Vision is a delight to read. Jollimore's sensitive, careful philosophical examination of the experience of loving, combined with insights from literature and social psychology, yields a compelling picture of love as a form of perception. Jollimore's view is original and offers a fresh and productive approach to some of the thorniest philosophical puzzles about love."—Simon Keller, Victoria University of Wellington

"This is a very important and interesting contribution to the philosophical literature on the nature of love. Jollimore has an engaging style and his book is a real pleasure to read."—Diane Jeske, University of Iowa

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Applied Philosophy
In the elegantly written Love's Vision, Troy Jollimore offers a novel way to understand romantic love. His book draws upon a vast body of philosophical literature on the nature of love, but it is easily accessible for those without a background in philosophy. It is full of useful examples from literature, film and music, and is compelling and fun to read. . . . Jollimore offers us not only a new way of understanding love, but also practical insight into how to love and how to make it last.
— Natasha McKeever
Metapsychology Online Reviews
My enthusiasm for the text should . . . be clear. I like the content, I like the way it's put together. . . . [This is] a fine book which . . . deserves a readership well beyond the ranks of those with a special interest in analytic philosophy of love.
— Tony Milligan
Philosophical Quarterly
Troy Jollimore's Love's Vision is a compelling response to the debate regarding the rationality of love. Its easy style combines readability with thorough argumentation. Its most appealing and original feature is the challenge it poses to traditional conceptions of rationality, which tend to simply equate it with a disengaged, impartial stance.
— Irene McMullin
Journal of Applied Philosophy - Natasha McKeever
In the elegantly written Love's Vision, Troy Jollimore offers a novel way to understand romantic love. His book draws upon a vast body of philosophical literature on the nature of love, but it is easily accessible for those without a background in philosophy. It is full of useful examples from literature, film and music, and is compelling and fun to read. . . . Jollimore offers us not only a new way of understanding love, but also practical insight into how to love and how to make it last.
Metapsychology Online Reviews - Tony Milligan
My enthusiasm for the text should . . . be clear. I like the content, I like the way it's put together. . . . [This is] a fine book which . . . deserves a readership well beyond the ranks of those with a special interest in analytic philosophy of love.
Philosophical Quarterly - Irene McMullin
Troy Jollimore's Love's Vision is a compelling response to the debate regarding the rationality of love. Its easy style combines readability with thorough argumentation. Its most appealing and original feature is the challenge it poses to traditional conceptions of rationality, which tend to simply equate it with a disengaged, impartial stance.
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"In the elegantly written Love's Vision, Troy Jollimore offers a novel way to understand romantic love. His book draws upon a vast body of philosophical literature on the nature of love, but it is easily accessible for those without a background in philosophy. It is full of useful examples from literature, film and music, and is compelling and fun to read. . . . Jollimore offers us not only a new way of understanding love, but also practical insight into how to love and how to make it last."—Natasha McKeever, Journal of Applied Philosophy

"My enthusiasm for the text should . . . be clear. I like the content, I like the way it's put together. . . . [This is] a fine book which . . . deserves a readership well beyond the ranks of those with a special interest in analytic philosophy of love."—Tony Milligan, Metapsychology Online Reviews

"Troy Jollimore's Love's Vision is a compelling response to the debate regarding the rationality of love. Its easy style combines readability with thorough argumentation. Its most appealing and original feature is the challenge it poses to traditional conceptions of rationality, which tend to simply equate it with a disengaged, impartial stance."—Irene McMullin, Philosophical Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691148724
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/25/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 1,362,548
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Troy Jollimore is associate professor of philosophy at California State University, Chico. He is the author of "Friendship and Agent-Relative Morality". He is also the author of two books of poems, "At Lake Scugog" (Princeton) and "Tom Thomson in Purgatory", which won the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi
Acknowledgments xix
Chapter One: "Something In Between": On the Nature of Love 1
Chapter Two: Love's Blindness (1): Love's Closed Heart 28
Chapter Three: Love's Blindness (2): Love's Friendly Eye 46
Chapter Four: Beyond Comparison 74
Chapter Five: Commitments, Values, and Frameworks 95
Chapter Six: Valuing Persons 123
Chapter Seven: Love and Morality 146
Afterword: Between the Universal and the Particular 169
Notes 173
References 189
Index 195

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