- Paperback: 330 pages
- Publisher: Paragon House; 1st edition (August 6, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1557782784
- ISBN-13: 978-1557782786
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,138,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Eros, Agape and Philia: Readings in the Philosophy of Love 1st Edition
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About the Author
ALAN SOBLE, Ph.D., has taught "Philosophy of Sex and Love" as an undergraduate course over 50 times during his academic career. He has written three scholarly books on sexuality and one devoted to love as well as edited numerous teaching anthologies and an encyclopedia to be used in philosophy of sex and love courses. Dr. Soble is founder of The Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love. He now teaches at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
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The contents of the book are broken into four main sections: "Where We Are;" "Classical Sources;" "Exploring the Classics;" and a contemporary analysis of love. Throughout the book, Soble often relates the word "love" to its various romantic implications.
Soble's method in putting the book together is to provide three or four primary writings prefaced by a summary of the reason these writings are important. He introduces the entire book, however, by asking, "What is love?" "The complexity of this question - compare it to, What is a chair? - is reflected in the fact that so many different answers to it exists and debates about the nature of genuine love seem impossible to resolve" (xix). Love can be compared to art, for each is equally a difficult domain to describe.
One of the reasons love is so difficult to explain is that the word refers to many different things. Often, however, the attempt to conceptualize love is framed with regard to the Greek love words - eros, philia, and agape. Soble believes that the general characterization of `eros-style' love arises in this way: x loves y because y has attractive or valuable qualities. `Agape-style' love is understood as x loving y independently of y's merit. This book offers original formulations of the theories of eros, agape and phileo and then attempts to explain more generally what these love types might mean for contemporary thinking.
Thomas Jay Oord