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Philosophy of Love

By Irving Singer
  • ISBN Code: : 0262261162
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Pages : 144
  • Category : Philosophy
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The author of the classic philosophical treatment of love reflects on the trajectory, over decades, of his thoughts on love and other topics. In 1984, Irving Singer published the first volume of what would become a classic and much acclaimed trilogy on love. Trained as an analytical philosopher, Singer first approached his subject with the tools of current philosophical methodology. Dissatisfied by the initial results (finding the chapters he had written “just dreary and unproductive of anything”), he turned to the history of ideas in philosophy and the arts for inspiration. He discovered an immensity of speculation and artistic practice that reached wholly beyond the parameters he had been trained to consider truly philosophical. In his three-volume work The Nature of Love, Singer tried to make sense of this historical progression within a framework that reflected his precise distinction-making and analytical background. In this new book, he maps the trajectory of his thinking on love. It is a “partial” summing-up of a lifework: partial because it expresses the author's still unfolding views, because it is a recapitulation of many published pages, because love—like any subject of that magnitude—resists a neatly comprehensive, all-inclusive formulation. Adopting an informal, even conversational, tone, Singer discusses, among other topics, the history of romantic love, the Platonic ideal, courtly and nineteenth-century Romantic love; the nature of passion; the concept of merging (and his critique of it); ideas about love in Freud, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Dewey, Santayana, Sartre, and other writers; and love in relation to democracy, existentialism, creativity, and the possible future of scientific investigation. Singer's writing on love embodies what he has learned as a contemporary philosopher, studying other authors in the field and “trying to get a little further.” This book continues his trailblazing explorations.

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Book Short Summary:

This anthology is remarkable not only for the selections themselves, among which the Schelling and the Heidegger essays were translated especially for this volume, but also for the editors' general introduction and the introductory essays for each selection, which make this volume an invaluable aid to the study of the powerful, recurrent ideas concerning art, beauty, critical method, and the nature of representation. Because this collection makes clear the ways in which the philosophy of art relates to and is part of general philosophical positions, it will be an essential sourcebook to students of philosophy, art history, and literary criticism.

Philosophies of Christianity

By Balázs M. Mezei,Matthew Z. Vale
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  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Book Code : 3030226328
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Philosophy
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This book examines key issues in Christianity from various philosophical points of view. It brings together European authors with American theologians and philosophers on an interconfessional basis. Coverage combines analytical and continental approaches in a unique way. This comprehensive, innovative analysis will help readers gain a deep understanding into a wide range of philosophical approaches to basic Christian problems. The novelty of this volume is the unique combination of philosophical and theological approaches. It merges these points-of-view in a rational manner which characterizes segments of Anglo-American and Continental thought. The scope of the work covers historical issues, contemporary problems of atheism, and also novel approaches to fundamental notions. Readers will learn about questions surrounding the French New Theology, Zizek’s philosophical sources, the notion of revelation, and much more. As a work produced by European and United States scholars, this volume is an important contribution not only to the dialogue between various academic cultures, but also to the expression of their fruitful cooperation which grounds and inspires serious academic research. The readership of this work begins at an undergraduate level and reaches up to academic researchers and professors interested in borderline problems between philosophy and theology, history and contemporary issues.

Philosophies of Hospitality and Tourism

By Prokopis A. Christou
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  • Publisher : Channel View Publications
  • Book Code : 1845417399
  • Total of Pages : 200
  • Category : Business & Economics
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This book introduces readers to philosophies of hospitality and tourism. It provides insights into classic philosophical concepts and explains how these can inform the actions of tourism stakeholders, practitioners, hosts and tourists. The volume explores four main areas: the nexus of philosophy with tourism and hospitality; the philosophy of giving in hospitality and tourism; the receiving-end, such as emotional tourist experiences, happiness and overtourism, including the notion of ‘gluttony’; and philosophical issues related to tourism development, such as the spirit of places and thanatourism. The discussion of philanthropy within the context of tourism is a strength of the book and will be important in a post-Covid-19 tourism industry. The book will be of interest to students, researchers and practitioners in tourism and hospitality.

The Metaphysics of Love

By Stella Sandford
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  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Book Code : 0567225488
  • Total of Pages : 180
  • Category : Philosophy
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Emmanuel Levinas is best known for having reintroduced the question of ethics into the Continental philosophical tradition. In The Metaphysics of Love, however, Stella Sandford argues that an over-emphasis on ethics in the reception of Levinas's thought has covered over both the basis and the details of his philosophical project--a metaphysics which affirms the necessity to think of an unqualified transcendence as a first principle. Sandford's book is at the same time a powerful feminist critique of both Levinas's gendered philosophical categories and the attempt to reclaim aspects of this philosophy for feminist theory.

The Philosophy of Human Nature

By Howard P. Kainz
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  • Publisher : Open Court
  • Book Code : 0812699343
  • Total of Pages : 192
  • Category : Philosophy
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What, exactly, is human nature? What makes humans different from animals (if there is any difference)? In this book, Howard Kainz presents a philosophical analysis of the various concepts of human nature and the many controversies that have surrounded them for centuries. He explores issues such as whether human beings are truly free, whether human instincts differ from animal instincts, and the realities of human maturity.

Blossomed Cherries

By Victor Akarachi Nwogu
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  • Publisher : Author House
  • Book Code : 1456776770
  • Total of Pages : 156
  • Category : Self-Help
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Blossomed cherries stands to mirror the real approach towards love. It is a very powerful tool to get over heartbreaks, disappointments from work, family, spouse and otherwise. It stands out above many other books as it gives a practical approach to settling the dispute between reason and love. It is filled with grace which satiates any mental and emotional disillusion as it details the philosophies of love, drawing inferences from diverse love experiences around the globe. It calls for a new approach towards settlement of disputes even among nations, so that the world can be lifted from economic depression. Blossomed cherries in short, prescribes the ultimate love experience.

The Lost Sunset

By F.G. Mansour
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  • Publisher : Author House
  • Book Code : 145672035X
  • Total of Pages : 164
  • Category : Fiction
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The greatest fear known to man is not the fear of receiving something dreadful, but of losing something beautiful. The Lost Sunset is not just a Love story, its a story about Love, told by three unlikely narrators, all of which must be discovered by the reader. The book tells the story of a man named James and a girl named Destiny, using them both as tools to illustrate the philosophies of Love and life. When James and Destiny meet, it seems as though both will finally find what they had each been looking for; but because of Jamess past, and Destinys present, circumstance becomes very circumstantial. Tragedy will also befriend James, changing his life forever. It's only through his interaction with a very mysterious girl that James is able to break out of his confused state. It is only with her, that we will see if James is able to let go of the past, accept the present, and build his future. The only question is whether or not any part of that will include Destiny.

The Five Great Philosophies of Life

By William de Witt Hyde
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  • Publisher : Jovian Press
  • Book Code : 1537817426
  • Total of Pages : 253
  • Category : Self-Help
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Epicureanism is so simple a philosophy of life that it scarcely needs interpretation. In fact, as the following citations show, it was originally little more than a set of directions for living "the simple life," with pleasure as the simplifying principle. The more subtle teaching of the other philosophies will require to be introduced by explanatory statement, or else accompanied by a running commentary as it proceeds. The best way to understand Epicureanism, however, is to let Epicurus and his disciples speak for themselves. Accordingly, as in religious services the sermon is preceded by reading of the Scriptures and singing of hymns, we will open our study of the Epicurean philosophy of life by selections from their scriptures and hymns. First the master, though unfortunately he is not so good a master of style as many of his disciples, shall speak. The gist of Epicurus's teaching is contained in the following passages...

The Routledge Handbook of Love in Philosophy

By Adrienne M. Martin
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1317291301
  • Total of Pages : 490
  • Category : Philosophy
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The Routledge Handbook of Love in Philosophy collects 39 original chapters from prominent philosophers on the nature, meaning, value, and predicaments of love, presented in a unique framework that highlights the rich variety of methods and traditions used to engage with these subjects. This volume is structured around important realms of human life and activity, each of which receives its own section: I. Family and Friendship II. Romance and Sex III. Politics and Society IV. Animals, Nature, and the Environment V. Art, Faith, and Meaning VI. Rationality and Morality VII. Traditions: Historical and Contemporary. This last section includes chapters treating love as a subject in both Western and non-Western philosophical traditions. The contributions, all appearing in print here for the first time, are written to be accessible and compelling to non-philosophers and philosophers alike; and the volume as a whole encourages professional philosophers, teachers, students, and lay readers to rethink standard constructions of philosophical canons.

Three Philosophies of Life

By Peter Kreeft
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  • Publisher : Ignatius Press
  • Book Code : 1681495910
  • Total of Pages : 141
  • Category : Philosophy
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"I've been a philosopher for all my adult life and the three most profound books of philosophy that I have ever read are Ecclesiastes, Job, and Song of Songs." These are the opening lines of Kreeft's Three Philosophies of Life. He reflects that there are ultimately only three philosophies of life and each one is represented by one of these books of the Bible-life is vanity; life is suffering; life is love. In these three books Kreeft shows how we have Dante's great epic The Divine Comedy played out, from Hell to Purgatory to Heaven. But it is an epic played out in our hearts and lives, here and now. Just as there is movement in Dante's epic, so there is movement in these books, from Ecclesiates to Job, from Job to Song of Songs. Love is the final answer to Ecclesiastes' quest, the alternative to vanity, and the true meaning of life. Finally, Kreeft sees in these books the epitome of theological virtues of faith, hope and love and "an esstential summary of the spiritual history of the world".