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Love's philosophy
White, Richard J. (Richard John), 1956-
Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, [2001]

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x, 159 pages ; 24 cm
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Love comes in many forms and touches all our lives, and despite its changing history, it remains constant in human experience. Love's Philosophy explores the basic expressions of love. In this book, White looks at friendship, romance, parenthood, and humanitarian love in classical and contemporary perspective. He argues that the philosophical oblivion of love has been a mistake. By examining both the historical and contemporary formations of love, he proposes alternative models to guide both our thinking and our experience of loving.

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Richard White is associate professor of philosophy at Creighton University

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In this book, White (Creighton Univ.) provides a "philosophical account" of love to rebut those who think love philosophically irrelevant. He combines a conceptual analysis of the contemporary notion of love with an historical examination of the roots of that notion, because he finds shortcomings using either approach by itself. The book is organized around four core chapters, each of which features one of the "four basic kinds of love"--friendship, romantic love, parental love, and altruism. By using selected ideas from various historical thinkers (e.g., Aristotle and Cicero) and contemporary writers (e.g., Freud and Irigaray), supplemented with an array of examples from literature (e.g., Goethe and Bronte), White lends support to his claim that these four basic kinds of love differ from one another yet share essential features. In any of love's four forms, an authentic "being with others" may bring moral, spiritual, and emotional self-fulfillment to the one who loves. This work is of value for its historical perspective, its analysis of the four kinds of love, and for its attention to the future of love. Recommended for anyone--general readers and lower-division undergraduates to researchers--interested in love, emotions in general, or theories of emotion. P. Newberry California State University, Bakersfield

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 Friendship and the Goodp. 13
Chapter 2 The Value of Romantic Lovep. 45
Chapter 3 From Parents to Childrenp. 77
Chapter 4 For the Love of Humanityp. 107
Afterwordp. 139
Notesp. 145
Bibliographyp. 151
Indexp. 157
About the Authorp. 161