Love : a history /
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Love : a history /

Traces the history of love and how it developed from its Hebraic and Greek origins to an ideal that obsesses the modern Western world, and highlights philosophers that have challenged conventional thoughts on love and happiness.

Bibliographic Details
Main Author: May, Simon
Format: Book
Published: New Haven : Yale University Press, c2011.

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Table of Contents:
  • Love plays God
  • The foundation of Western love: Hebrew scripture
  • From physical desire to paradise: Plato
  • Love as perfect friendship: Aristotle
  • Love as sexual desire: Lucretius and Ovid
  • Love as the supreme virtue: Christianity
  • Why Christian love isn't unconditional
  • Women as ideals: love and the troubadours
  • How human nature became loveable: from the high Middle Ages to the Renaissance
  • Love as joyful understanding of the whole: Spinoza
  • Love as enlightened romanticism: Rousseau
  • Love as religion: Schlegel and Novalis
  • Love as the urge to procreate: Schopenhauer
  • Love as affirmation of life: Nietzsche
  • Love as a history of loss: Freud
  • Love as terror and tedium: Proust
  • Love reconsidered.