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Philosophies of Love [Paperback]

David L. Norton , Mary F. Kille
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Jan. 18 1989 0822603764 978-0822603764
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book! Oct. 17 2012
I will be purchasing a few copies of this book at some point and giving them as gifts to men about to get married.
Although male-centric (there is only one female contribution from Simone de Beauvoir-yet the book may be worth purchasing for that one chapter alone-as a man I finally know how women see the men they love) and Western in outlook, there are many clear messages here for young and old alike. Anyone and everyone will have something to take away from this book. The highly distilled wisdom of 2000 years has been skillfully assembled, edited, and prefaced. Nothing is superfluous. Thanks to my Philosophy Department without which I would not have known about this gem.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Diverse Readings on Love Aug. 31 2004
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This tome provides a wide variety of readings on love and philosophy. The editors believe that love is a profound measure of human life, and a person's philosophy of love permeates his or her philosophy of life. The text includes more than forty contributions, most of them classic essays with regard to love. "Developing a philosophy of life is not something we can relegate to others to do for us, like house building or plumbing repair, but something each of us must do for himself. There is no escaping it, each of us is required to be something of a philosopher" (1).

The editors divide the book into six parts. Part one, titled "Romantic Love: Madness of a Normal Man," has eight readings on romantic love. The second part includes ten essays on eros. This section is titled, "Eros: Love As Aspiration toward the Ideal." Part three addresses agape love and is titled "Agape: The Divine Bestowal." The editors title the fourth section of the book "Tristanism and Chivalric Love." Part five deals with friendship love: "Friendship: `Because It Was He, Because It Was I'." The final section of the book is on love involving fellow feeling: "Fellow Feeling: Universal Bond of Humankind."

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4.0 out of 5 stars A well chosen selection of philosophical readings Dec 31 1997
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I began reading this book as a textbook when in one of Professor Norton's classes at the University of Delaware, and have repeatedly revisitied it and loaned it over the years. I found it to be a fantastic introduction to the styles of some of the most renowned philosophers. It's a good blend of "light" philosophical reading and diverse points of view on the types of love.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The first book Jan. 4 2013
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This was my first purchase for a class some time ago writing only to express that even from a few years apart that this is to make known of the physical evidence from my first review a [ Short History of the Movies,Short History of the Movies, A , Abridged Edition (11th Edition) about what a good second option can be, the first book was mentioned by the instructor when it wasn't available in the book store.
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