(No ratings yet)

ISBN-10 019966384X
ISBN-13 9780199663842
Publication Date 2015-02-01 00:00:00

This book has been found by 1 other people


Related Textbooks


Love: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

Ronald de Sousa

Vendor Type Number Of Page Price View Availability
Amazon Hardcover 130 $13.20 View Available
AbeBooks.com Paperback 120 $3.15 View On Backorder
Vendor Type Price View Availability
Amazon Hardcover $13.20 View Available
AbeBooks.com Paperback $3.15 View On Backorder
Vendor Type Price View
Amazon Audiobook $10.20 View
AbeBooks.com Ebook $31.15 View
Sell my copy of this book to Amazon and get this much trade in value
Rent a copy of this book from Amazon
This book is primarily used in: (0 votes)

Nobody else has voted, be the first!

Product Description

Although there are many kinds of love, erotic love has been celebrated in art and poetry as life's most rewarding and exalting experience, worth living and dying for and bringing out the best in ourselves. And yet it has excused, and even been thought to justify, the most reprehensible crimes. Why should this be? This Very Short Introduction explores this and other puzzling questions. Do we love someone for their virtue, their beauty, or their moral or other qualities? Are love's characteristic desires altruistic or selfish? Are there duties of love? What do the sciences - neuroscience, evolutionary and social psychology, and anthropology - tell us about love?

Many of the answers we give to such questions are determined not so much by the facts of human nature as by the ideology of love. Ronald de Sousa considers some of the many paradoxes raised by love, looking at the different kinds of love - affections, affiliation, philia, storage, agape, but focusses on eros, or romantic love. He considers whether our conventional beliefs about love and sex are deeply irrational and argues that alternative conceptions of love and sex, although hard to formulate and live by, may be worth striving for.

ABOUT THE SERIES:
The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Amazon Reviews