Download e-book for iPad: About Love: Reinventing Romance for our Times by Robert C. Solomon

By Robert C. Solomon

ISBN-10: 0872208575

ISBN-13: 9780872208575

Romantic love may perhaps commence with sexual ardour, however it is guided and nurtured by means of principles the fanatics have approximately their selves and the realm, in response to this college of Texas philosophy professor. Solomon defines romantic love as an emotional strategy that's reciprocal and applicable simply among equals. A lover could supplement what's most sensible in us, include values we proportion or inspire beliefs we try after. In any occasion, love endures in basic terms while it forges a conceptual bond, all people viewing the other's life as essential to whole one's self. during this clever, witty, adventurous essay, Solomon sheds mild on love in the beginning sight, no matter if opposites allure, counterfeit emotion, the euphemism (and act) of ""sleeping together,'' possessiveness, the necessity of fanatics for privateness and the significance of fights in a fit dating. His re-visioning of affection favors Plato's notion of the merger of 2 souls over Freud's view of affection as sublimated erotic feeling.

Show description

Read or Download About Love: Reinventing Romance for our Times PDF

Best philosophy books

Get Starting with Hume PDF

This ebook offers a brand new advent to Hume, guiding the scholar during the key ideas of Hume's paintings through studying the general improvement of his rules. David Hume is greatly considered as the best English philosopher within the heritage of philosophy. His contributions to a tremendous variety of philosophical debates are as very important and influential now as they have been within the eighteenth century.

Download e-book for iPad: The Soul of the Marionette: A Short Inquiry into Human by John Gray

In comparison with that of people, the lifetime of the marionette seems to be extra like an enviable kingdom of freedom

In his brilliantly stress-free and freewheeling new e-book, John grey attracts jointly the spiritual, philosophic, and fantastical traditions that question the very inspiration of human freedom. We flatter ourselves concerning the nature of loose will and but the main huge, immense forces—logical, actual, metaphysical—constrain our each motion. Many writers and intellectuals have constantly understood this, yet rather than embracing our situation we conflict opposed to it, with each person from global conquerors to trendy scientists dreaming of a "human dominion" virtually comically at odds with our actual state.

Filled with great examples and drawing at the widest attainable interpreting (from the Gnostics to Philip ok. Dick), The Soul of the Marionette is a stimulating and fascinating meditation on every little thing from cybernetics to the fairground marionettes of the identify.

To Infinity and Beyond: A Cultural History of the Infinite by Eli Maor PDF

Eli Maor examines the position of infinity in arithmetic and geometry and its cultural impression at the arts and sciences. He conjures up the profound highbrow effect the endless has exercised at the human mind--from the "horror infiniti" of the Greeks to the works of M. C. Escher; from the decorative designs of the Moslems, to the sage Giordano Bruno, whose trust in an enormous universe resulted in his demise by the hands of the Inquisition.

Additional resources for About Love: Reinventing Romance for our Times

Sample text

Courtly love was an aspiration for perfection, using sex as its prod, encouraging good manners ("chivalry") and courage, articulateness and poetic creativity. The troubadours and other courtly types followed Plato but integrated much of Christianity as well (though the church took a dim view of the practice, considering it nothing more than a heretical rationalization for sex). Indeed, the paradigm of courtly love began not as chaste and frustrated (if poetic) desire but as secret, adulterous and allembracing illicit love (Lancelot and Guinevere, for example).

But this is not just a recent error. Even in Plato's much celebrated image of love as the divine love of Beauty, the matter-of-fact love of everyday life gets short-changed and corrupted. The love of Beauty does not define a relationship between two people, and, however glorious those Socratic images may be, this is not the emotion that we are concerned with here. Love, in other words, is necessarily reciprocal. It is the love of a particular person and it is love that we want returned to us. Romantic love is never just desire, never merely an attitude toward the other person.

Indeed, it might not be going too far to say that to love is to want to be indispensable to the person who is already indispensable to you. ) ROMANTIC LOVE "I do think," he said, "that the world is only held together by the mystic conjunction, the ultimate unison between people-a bond. " -D. H. LAW R ENe E, Women in Love We are getting closer to our goal of pinning love down, removing the "mystery" and in its place supplying some concrete understanding of what love is, how it works and how it can last.

Download PDF sample

About Love: Reinventing Romance for our Times by Robert C. Solomon


by Kevin
4.1

Rated 4.29 of 5 – based on 9 votes