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ISBN-13: 978-0275958404 ISBN-10: 027595840X

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (May 21, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 027595840X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275958404
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

This introductory philosophy text offers a clear, concise look at six major ideas of love: erotic love, Christian love, romantic love, moral love, love as power, and mutual love.

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ROBERT E. WAGONER is Professor of Philosophy at Juniata College.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Wagoner has really shown us what love is in his book, THE MEANINGS OF LOVE. Through examination of six different views of love throughout time and thought -- ranging from Plato to Sartre -- he allows we readers to become more knowledgable on a subject close to our hearts, but never really know about in a scholarly way. For lovers young and old.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dasein753 on October 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
Philosophy can be a difficult subject regardless of the focus, especially if the reader has no background in philosophy. Wagoner writes an easy to read and insightful introductory look at the philosophy of love. I have recommended and loaned it to friends who have no philosophical background and they agree with me. Those well read in philosophy can also appreciate it, however, to expect it to be more than an introduction to the philosophy of love is asking too much from this book.
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Given that philosophers focus largely on rationality and the logical structures of thought, it is good to see such a profound discussion of that most irrational of emotions, love. Wagoner presents a chronologically structured survey of the most important Western philosophical explorations of love from Plato to Irigaray. In each of the seven chapters we are given an effective summary of the positions of these philosophers as well as suggestions as to what the implications are for our contemporary thinking. These suggestions cover not just the need to understand what love is but also how it touches upon sexuality and upon our ethical lives. The book surveys the various forms of interpersonal love - erotic, romantic and moral - and does not ignore Christian love and friendship. Not only does this help us understand the phenomenon of love as it enters and, possibly, disturbs our lives, but also the moral discourses that have surrounded it and linked it to sin and excess. Altogether a good book. Highly recommended.
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