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By Irving Singer,Alan Soble

In 1984, Irving Singer released the 1st quantity of what might develop into a vintage and masses acclaimed trilogy on love. expert as an analytical thinker, Singer first approached his topic with the instruments of present philosophical technique. disappointed through the preliminary effects (finding the chapters he had written "just dreary and unproductive of anything"), he became to the background of principles in philosophy and the humanities for notion. He came across an immensity of hypothesis and creative perform that reached fully past the parameters he have been informed to contemplate actually philosophical. In his three-volume paintings The Nature of Love, Singer attempted to make feel of this historic development inside of a framework that mirrored his exact distinction-making and analytical heritage. during this new publication, he maps the trajectory of his considering on love. it's a "partial" summing-up of a lifework: partial since it expresses the author's nonetheless unfolding perspectives, since it is a recapitulation of many released pages, simply because love -- like every topic of that importance -- resists a well complete, all-inclusive formula. Adopting an off-the-cuff, even conversational, tone, Singer discusses, between different themes, the historical past of romantic love, the Platonic perfect, courtly and nineteenth-century Romantic love; the character of ardour; the concept that of merging (and his critique of it); rules approximately love in Freud, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Dewey, Santayana, Sartre, and different writers; and love when it comes to democracy, existentialism, creativity, and the prospective way forward for clinical research. Singer's writing on love embodies what he has realized as a latest thinker, learning different authors within the box and "trying to get a bit further." This e-book keeps his trailblazing explorations.

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