Love in the Middle Ages

Love in the Middle Ages


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While American debates about Christian love have revolved around Nygren's distinction between eros and agape, French debates drew on Rousselot's (1878-1915) distinction between the physical and ecstatic conceptions of love, as presented in his Pour l'histoire du probléme de l'amour au Moyen Age (1908). The problem is whether a non-egoistic love is possible, and if so how the appetite of a being can tend toward that which is not its own good. Annotation c. Book News, Inc.,Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780874626230
Publisher: Marquette University Press
Publication date: 04/01/2001
Series: Studies in Philosophy
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 1420L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Translator's Introduction11
Summary of Rousselot's Problem of Love in the Middle Ages12
Patristic Theories of Love23
Author's Preface76
Part 1The Physical or Greco-Thomist Conception of Love
Chapter 1Thomist Solution to the Problem of Love82
Chapter 2Remarks on the Elements of the Thomist Solution in Greek and Medieval Thought105
Chapter 3Two Mediaeval Sketches of the Physical Theory134
Part 2The "Ecstatic" Conception of Love
Chapter 1First Characteristic: Duality of the Lover and the Beloved155
Chapter 2Second Characteristic: The Violence of Love169
Chapter 3Third Characteristic: Irrational Love189
Chapter 4Fourth Characteristic: Love as the Final End197
Appendix 1The Postulation of the Problem of Love in the First Scholastics212
Appendix 2The Formal Identification of Love and Understanding in William of St. Thierry223
Translator's Notes235
Supplement: Church Declarations on Love247
Translator's Bibliography254
Index of Names264
Index of Subjects268

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