The Natural Philosophy of Love

The Natural Philosophy of Love

by Remy de Gourmont, Ezra Pound


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The Natural Philosophy of Love is an exploration of the prodigious sexual mores of Nature’s creations. Translated with a postscript by Ezra Pound, Remy de Gourmont’s “essay on sexual instinct” surveys the entire animal kingdom, describing the hermaphroditism of oysters, the cannibalistic amours of spiders, and many more curious natural phenomena. Blending zoology, poetry, and philosophy, the author’s subversive erudition casts a dubious glance at anthropocentric morality, finding “there is no lewdness which has not its normal type in nature.”

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ISBN-13: 9780999428306
Publisher: Antipodes Press
Publication date: 09/18/2017
Pages: 188
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

Remy de Gourmont (April 4, 1858 - September 27, 1915) was a French Symbolist poet, novelist, and influential critic. He was widely read in his era, and an important influence on Blaise Cendrars.

Table of Contents

  1. The Subject of an Idea
  2. The Aim of Life
  3. Scale of Sexes
  4. Sexual Dimorphism (I)
  5. Sexual Dimorphism (II)
  6. Sexual Dimorphism (III)
  7. Sexual Dimorphism and Feminism
  8. Love-Organs
  9. The Mechanism of Love (I)
  10. The Mechanism of Love (II)
  11. The Mechanism of Love (III)
  12. The Mechanism of Love (IV)
  13. The Mechanism of Love (V)
  14. The Mechanism of Love (VI)
  15. The Sexual Parade
  16. Polygamy
  17. Love Among Social Animals
  18. The Question of Aberrations
  19. Instinct
  20. Tyranny of the Nervous System

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