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Philosophies of Love Paperback – Jan 18 1989
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About the Author
David L. Norton is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Delaware and author of the highly regarded "Personal Destinies: A Philosophy of Ethical Individualism".
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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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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."
Thomas Jay Oord