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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; First Edition (US) First Printing edition (July 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691148724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691148724
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,358,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In the elegantly written Love's Vision, Troy Jollimore offers a novel way to understand romantic love. His book draws upon a vast body of philosophical literature on the nature of love, but it is easily accessible for those without a background in philosophy. It is full of useful examples from literature, film and music, and is compelling and fun to read. . . . Jollimore offers us not only a new way of understanding love, but also practical insight into how to love and how to make it last."--Natasha McKeever, Journal of Applied Philosophy

"My enthusiasm for the text should . . . be clear. I like the content, I like the way it's put together. . . . [This is] a fine book which . . . deserves a readership well beyond the ranks of those with a special interest in analytic philosophy of love."--Tony Milligan, Metapsychology Online Reviews

"Troy Jollimore's Love's Vision is a compelling response to the debate regarding the rationality of love. Its easy style combines readability with thorough argumentation. Its most appealing and original feature is the challenge it poses to traditional conceptions of rationality, which tend to simply equate it with a disengaged, impartial stance."--Irene McMullin, Philosophical Quarterly

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"Jollimore's voice is all his own: fluent in, but not limited by, the idiom of academic philosophy. Here he suggests that love is perception, of a special kind. By magnifying the traits of the person we love, by enveloping us in them, love shows us what is really there. One might say that his book does something similar, letting us see love as it is, in a distinctively insightful and absorbing way."--Niko Kolodny, University of California, Berkeley

"Love's Vision is a delight to read. Jollimore's sensitive, careful philosophical examination of the experience of loving, combined with insights from literature and social psychology, yields a compelling picture of love as a form of perception. Jollimore's view is original and offers a fresh and productive approach to some of the thorniest philosophical puzzles about love."--Simon Keller, Victoria University of Wellington

"This is a very important and interesting contribution to the philosophical literature on the nature of love. Jollimore has an engaging style and his book is a real pleasure to read."--Diane Jeske, University of Iowa

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Neil Delaney on January 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I used this book last Spring in my *Love and Friendship: An Introduction* course at the University of Notre Dame. It assuredly is one of the finest contributions to the philosophical literature on personal (esp. romantic) love. It was a great success as a primary text for the seminar. Prof. Jollimore combines an esteemed poet's sensibilities with a first class philosopher's capabilities. One of the monograph's greatest strengths is its examination of the phenomena with a willingness to take things as it finds them, rather than engaging in some sort of Procrustean restructuring for the sake of saying something distinctive at the expense of saying something subtle, thoughtful and most importantly true. Recommended without hesitation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan Prince on December 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Go figure--a work of philosophy that is actually moving! For me, this book is up there with Harry Frankfurt's The Reasons of Love. Troy Jolimore has some really great things to say about why it makes sense to love the person we do (even if we can't fully articulate it, and maybe shouldn't try), why that makes love reasonable without being coldly rational, and why we shouldn't worry too much about it warping our sense of priorities. Plus, he writes with real feeling; although he's making careful logical arguments, you can tell they are based on life experience, and you can't help seeing your own relationships in a new light. Maybe it helps that he's a poet!
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More About the Author

Troy Jollimore's debut collection of poetry, Tom Thomson in Purgatory (Margie / Intuit House), won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2006. He is also the author of a chapbook, The Solipsist (Bear Star Press, 2008). His poems have appeared in publications including Poetry, The Believer, McSweeney's, The Walrus, EXILE Quarterly, and the New Yorker. He has a PhD in philosophy from Princeton University and currently teaches philosophy in northern California.

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