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Love: A Very Short Introduction

Ronald de Sousa

January 2015

ISBN: 9780199663842

152 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Do we love someone for their virtue, their beauty, or their moral or other qualities? Are love's characteristic desires altruistic or selfish? Are there duties of love? What do the sciences tell us about love? In this Very Short Introduction, Ronald de Sousa explores the different kinds of love, from affections to romantic love.

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Do we love someone for their virtue, their beauty, or their moral or other qualities? Are love's characteristic desires altruistic or selfish? Are there duties of love? What do the sciences tell us about love? In this Very Short Introduction, Ronald de Sousa explores the different kinds of love, from affections to romantic love.

  • Provides a lucid introduction to the basic philosophical problems about love
  • Considers the notion that love is not just an emotion, but something much more complex
  • Looks at the distinctions between different kinds of love - affection, affiliation, philia, storge, agape, before focussing on eros: erotic or 'romantic' love
  • An informative summary of the latest science on love, making clear what lies behind distinctions such as love and infatuation; love and lust, as well as ways of classifying different types of love and their psychological origins
  • Examines different ideologies of love, distinguishing between the ideals and practices of monogamism, swinging, and polyamory
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over seven million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Ronald de Sousa, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Toronto

Ronald de Sousa is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has taught at University of Toronto, Canada since 1966. He is the author of The Rationality of Emotion (MIT 1987) , Why Think? Evolution and the Rational Mind (OUP 2007, 2011), and Emotional Truth (OUP 2011). He has also published over a hundred articles and book chapters, and taught and lectured in some twenty countries. His research interests have been mainly in areas of philosophy that seek to understand the mind: emotion, evolutionary theory, cognitive science, aesthetics, ethics, and sex.

Table of Contents

    1: Puzzles
    2: Perspectives
    3: Desire
    4: Reasons
    5: Science
    6: Utopia
    Further reading
    Index