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Product Details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Lindisfarne Books; Revised edition (May 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940262185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940262188
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The only modern book I know of that is worthy of its subject in every respect. -- David Fiedler, Gnosis Magazine

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By N. Wood on October 16, 2007
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Soloviev, a brilliant Russian Orthodox philosopher of the late 19th century, covers a lot of ground in this little book. Love is held up as the shatterer of egoism and the means by which an individual becomes a bearer of the "all-unity" of the cosmos, gathering together all the elements of the world together within himself and thereby becoming an absolutely unique, absolutely irreplaceable, "absolutely significant" individual who transcends the laws of nature and triumphs over the forces of decay and death. For anyone who suspects that love is about more than just blind sexual instinct, or economics, or anything less than insight into the heart of reality, this book simply can't be passed up. Even if you end up not agreeing with everything here, you'll no doubt be moved by the beauty of the cosmic vision of love he presents.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Charles G. Edwards on November 23, 2002
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If you are searching for the Grail in the mystical experience of love and the transference, this is the book for you. The title says it all. Solovyov explores and uncovers the reason there is such archetypal emotional power in love even though the divine, cosmic source is not consciously recognized and understood. It is the failure to recognize the source behind the emotion which results in such tragic disillusion and despair. Finding the true source can be - should be life transforming.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By myriad eyes on February 21, 2013
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So much beauty here. I love the point woven throughout the book, that the evolutionary development of rational self-consciousness - which is the precondition for egoism, the valuation of oneself as THE center of importance - was itself a precondition for the capacity to recognize (and justify with deeds) that same significance in others, i.e. to love. And that this rationality was more or less handed to us by nature, but that it has been left up to us whether or not we choose to love.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kasper N on April 8, 2012
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The Meaning of Love is a powerful antidote against the Hollywood hymn to superficial romanticism. Solovyov shows why and how romantic love may be a gateway to the divine rather than to sloppy sentimentalism. His argumentation is clear and coherent throughout, and shows both a deep mind and a man who has personally experienced what he writes about. The Introduction by Owen Barfield is also excellent, and shows why Solovyov's thought is still (or: especially) relevant to the modern age.

For further reading in this field, I would suggest Charles Williams' Outlines of Romantic Theology, which deals with many of the same issues (though from a slightly different perspective).
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