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Description - Thinking About Love by Diane Enns

Does love command an ineffability that remains inaccessible to the philosopher?

Thinking About Love considers the nature and experience of love through the writing of well-known Continental philosophers such as Hannah Arendt, Simone de Beauvoir, Jacques Derrida, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty.

Evolving forms of social organization, rapid developments in the field of psychology, and novel variations on relationships demand new approaches to and ways of talking about love. Rather than offering prescriptive claims, this volume explores how one might think about the concept philosophically, without attempting to resolve or alleviate its ambiguities, paradoxes, and limitations. The essays focus on the contradictions and limits of love, manifested in such phenomena as trust, abuse, grief, death, violence, politics, and desire.

An erudite examination of the many facets of love, this book fills a lacuna in the philosophy of this richly complicated topic.

Along with the editors, the contributors are Sophie Bourgault, John Caruana, Christina M. Gschwandtner, Marguerite La Caze, Alphonso Lingis, Christian Lotz, Todd May, Dawne McCance, Dorothea Olkowski, Felix O Murchadha, Fiona Utley, and Melanie Walton.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780271070971
ISBN-10: 0271070978
Format: Paperback / softback
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Pennsylvania State University Press
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
Publish Date: 15-Feb-2017
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Diane Enns

Diane Enns is Associate Professor of Philosophy at McMaster University and the author of Speaking of Freedom and The Violence of Victimhood, the last also published by Penn State. Antonio Calcagno is Professor of Philosophy at King's University College at Western University. His most recent book is Contemporary Italian Political Philosophy.

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