Love : a history / Simon May.

Love--unconditional, selfless, unchanging, sincere, and totally accepting--is worshipped today as the West's only universal religion. To challenge it is one of our few remaining taboos. In this pathbreaking and superbly written book, philosopher Simon May does just that, dissecting our resilien...

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: May, Simon (Author)
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2011.
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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 on top : 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.