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Philosophy of Love: A Partial Summing-Up
     

Philosophy of Love: A Partial Summing-Up

by Irving Singer, Alan Soble
 

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ISBN-10: 0262516179

ISBN-13: 9780262516174

Pub. Date: 01/07/2011

Publisher: MIT Press

In 1984, Irving Singer published the first volume of what would become a classic and much acclaimed trilogy on love. Trained as an analytical philosopher, Singer first approached his subject with the tools of current philosophical methodology. Dissatisfied by the initial results (finding the chapters he had written "just dreary and unproductive of anything"), he

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In 1984, Irving Singer published the first volume of what would become a classic and much acclaimed trilogy on love. Trained as an analytical philosopher, Singer first approached his subject with the tools of current philosophical methodology. Dissatisfied by the initial results (finding the chapters he had written "just dreary and unproductive of anything"), he turned to the history of ideas in philosophy and the arts for inspiration. He discovered an immensity of speculation and artistic practice that reached wholly beyond the parameters he had been trained to consider truly philosophical. In his three-volume work The Nature of Love, Singer tried to make sense of this historical progression within a framework that reflected his precise distinction-making and analytical background. In this new book, he maps the trajectory of his thinking on love. It is a "partial" summing-up of a lifework: partial because it expresses the author's still unfolding views, because it is a recapitulation of many published pages, because love — like any subject of that magnitude — resists a neatly comprehensive, all-inclusive formulation. Adopting an informal, even conversational, tone, Singer discusses, among other topics, the history of romantic love, the Platonic ideal, courtly and nineteenth-century Romantic love; the nature of passion; the concept of merging (and his critique of it); ideas about love in Freud, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Dewey, Santayana, Sartre, and other writers; and love in relation to democracy, existentialism, creativity, and the possible future of scientific investigation. Singer's writing on love embodies what he has learned as a contemporary philosopher, studying other authors in the field and "trying to get a little further." This book continues his trailblazing explorations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262516174
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
01/07/2011
Series:
The Irving Singer Library
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
1,308,813
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword by Alan Soble....................ix
Prefatory Note....................xiii
Philosophy of Love: A Partial Summing-Up....................1
Is Romantic Love a Recent Idea?....................1
Plato....................7
Beyond Idealism....................13
Concepts of Transcendence and Merging....................16
Courtly Love and Its Successors....................28
Varieties of Romantic Love....................38
Identification of Love and Passion....................44
Bestowal and Appraisal in Relation to Freud....................51
Schopenhauer and Nietzsche....................59
Implications for Marriage....................67
Dualism and Freud on Erotic Degradation....................73
Democracy as Related to Romanticism....................81
Existentialism....................86
The Love of Life: A Pluralist Perspective....................95
Harmonization of Dewey and Santayana....................105
The Role of Creativity....................112
Future Prospects for the Philosophy of Love: Science and Humanistic Studies United....................117
Index....................121

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