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Sex, Love, and Friendship

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Sex, Love, and Friendship by Alan Soble Book Summary:

This collection joins together sixty essays on the philosophy of love and sex. Each was presented at a meeting of The Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love held between 1977 and 1992 and later revised for this edition. Topics addressed include ethical and political issues (AIDS, abortion, homosexual rights, and pornography), conceptual matters (the nature, essence, or definition of love, friendship, sexual desire, and perversion); the study of classical and historical figures (Plato, Aristotle, Spinoza, Kant, and Kierkegaard); and issues in feminist theory (sexual objectification, the social construction of female sexuality, reproductive and marital arrangements). Authors include Jerome Shaffer, Sandra Harding, Michael Ruse, Richard Mohr, Russell Vannoy, Claudia Card, M.C. Dillon, Gene Fendt, Steven Emmanuel, T.F. Morris, Timo Airaksinen, and Sylvia Walsh. The editor, who is the author of Pornography (1986), The Structure of Love (1990), and Sexual Investigations (1996), has also contributed six pieces and an Introduction.

Romantic Love

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Romantic Love by Yolanda van Ede Book Summary:

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Plato on Love

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Plato on Love by Plato,C. D. C. Reeve Book Summary:

Plato's works on love—Symposium, Phaedrus, Lysis, and Alciabiades in their entirety, with relevant selections from Republic and Laws—with an introductory essay by C. D. C. Reeve.

Love in Excess - Second Edition

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Love in Excess - Second Edition by Eliza Haywood Book Summary:

Eliza Haywood (1693-1756) was one of the most successful writers of her time; indeed, the two most popular English novels in the early eighteenth-century were Robinson Crusoe and Haywood’s first novel, Love in Excess. As this edition enables modern readers to discover, its enormous success is easy to understand. Love in Excess is a well crafted novel in which the claims of love and ambition are pursued through multiple storylines until the heroine engineers a melodramatic conclusion. Haywood’s frankness about female sexuality may explain the later neglect of Love in Excess. (In contrast, her accomplished domestic novel, The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless, has remained available.) Love in Excess and its reception provide a lively and valuable record of the challenge that female desire posed to social decorum. For the second Broadview edition, the appendix of eighteenth-century responses to Haywood has been considerably expanded.

Love in America

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Love in America by Francesca M. Cancian Book Summary:

In the past twenty-five years, Americans have gained considerable freedom in their personal lives. Relationships are now more flexible, and self-development has become a primary goal for both men and women. Most scholars have criticized this trend to greater freedom, arguing that it undermines family bonds and promotes selfishness and extreme independence. Francesca Cancian is more optimistic. In this book she compares these newer images of close relationships with "traditional" forms of marriage, in which love is seen as the responsibility of women, while self-development is regarded as a male concern. She shows that many American couples succeed in combining self-development with commitment. For them, interdependence, not independence, is their ideal, and love and self-development do not conflict, but reinforce each other. Changes in images of love are documented, in part, by examining case studies, popular magazines of 1900 to 1979 and selected articles in them on how to have a happy marriage. In sum, the author concludes that images of love in America have shifted from polarized gender roles toward more flexible roles and interdependence, thus fostering both love and self-development.

Astrology and Love Life

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Astrology and Love Life by Mahan Vir Tulli Book Summary:

This book deciphers the intricacies of the compatibility of zodiac signs, the attraction between people of diverse temperaments and what leads to romantic alliances and conjugal ties.

Love Is a Hot Fudge Sundae

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Love Is a Hot Fudge Sundae by Steve Hotchner Book Summary:

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To My Daughter with Love

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To My Daughter with Love by Susan Polis Schutz Book Summary:

This elegant new edition of Susan Polis Schutz's most beloved work includes the poems and advice of earlier editions, plus new poems inspired by her daughter growing up into a young woman and leaving home. Steven Schutz's sensitive ilustrations envelop Susan's poetry in an artistic expression of his love for his daughter and her mother. The result is a loving celebration of the joy and pride that all parents feel for their unique, beautiful daughters.

Themes of Work and Love in Adulthood

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Themes of Work and Love in Adulthood by Neil J. Smelser,Erik Homburger Erikson Book Summary:

Revised papers from a conference under the auspices of the Western Center of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences which was held May 8-9, 1977 at the Center for Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences in Palo Alto, California.

What Is Love?

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What Is Love? by Taro Gold Book Summary:

"Open Your Mind. Open Your Life" author Taro Gold's latest book is filled with practical answers to love's fundamental questions, all based on the principles of Buddhism. Full-color, Far-East inspired watercolor art enhances the Buddhist quotes and proverbs sprinkled throughout.

Love Valley

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Love Valley by Conrad Eugene Ostwalt Book Summary:

Love Valley is a small town in rural North Carolina. Its genesis in 1954 marked the fulfillment of a dream for founder Andy Barker. Barker cultivated two visions as a young man—he wanted to build a Christian community, and he wanted to be a cowboy. The result of his vision is Barker’s utopian experiment. The town boasts a saloon, general store, hitching posts, and rodeos. Yet, above all of this stands a little church—the heart of what Barker conceived as his Christian utopia. This unique combination has led to more than forty years of philanthropic ventures, controversial events such as the Love Valley Rock Festival, stories and legends, and political ambition. Love Valley: An American Utopia captures the history of this town in narrative form while arguing that Love Valley’s founders were motivated by utopian goals.

Invitations to Love

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Invitations to Love by Laura M. Ahearn Book Summary:

A discussion of the implications of the emergence of love-letter correspondences for social relations in Nepal

The Disenchantments of Love

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The Disenchantments of Love by María de Zayas y Sotomayor Book Summary:

Published in 1647, these ten tales are among the earliest narratives in Western literature to focus on women's experiences and points of view in love relationships.

Love and Hate

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Love and Hate by David Mann Book Summary:

Love and hate seem to be the dominant emotions that make the world go round and are a central theme in psychotherapy. 'Love and Hate' explores the origins of love and hate from infancy and how they develop through the life cycle.

Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions

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Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions by Yudit Kornberg Greenberg Book Summary:

This is the first comprehensive resource on the subject of love in the teachings of the world's major religions, cultures, and philosophies.

Necessity, Volition, and Love

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Necessity, Volition, and Love by Harry B. Frankfurt,Harry G. Frankfurt Book Summary:

Essays examining foundational metaphysical and epistemological issues concerning Descartes, moral philosophy, and philosophical anthropology.

Adolescent Sex and Love Addicts

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Adolescent Sex and Love Addicts by Eric Griffin-Shelley Book Summary:

A discussion of how teenagers can become addicted to sex and love just as they can be addicted to chemicals.

Love and Friendship

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Love and Friendship by Eduardo A. Velásquez Book Summary:

These collected essays demonstrate that compelling and illuminating discussions of love and friendship do not fall to psychologists alone, but rightly belong among the major thinkers in the history of political philosophy.

The Delights of Wisdom Concerning Conjugial Love

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The Delights of Wisdom Concerning Conjugial Love by Emanuel Swedenborg Book Summary:

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Christian Love

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Christian Love by Bernard V. Brady Book Summary:

Bernard Brady has given us a rare, delightful, and thought-provoking book—a volume that belongs on the desk or the bed-stand of anyone in search of the rich and varied dimensions of Christian love. Christians are taught that God is love and are commanded to love, their neighbors and their enemies. These truths are not controversial. What is controversial and, indeed, has been controversial throughout the history of Christianity is the meaning of this love. This book explores the tradition of Christian reflection on the meaning, and experience of love, loving, and being loved. Many books have been written about Christian love, but no book has gathered together this kind of primary source material and covered such a wide range of perspectives, allowing the reader to engage directly with the thought and experience of some of the greatest Christian minds on the topic of love. Bernard Brady covers with remarkable clarity the breadth and depth of discussions on Christian love from the Bible to contemporary experience to create this-a survey of how Christians through the ages have understood love. Beginning of course with the Bible, Brady examines the key writings and thinkers on the nature of Christian love: St. Augustine; mystics such as Bernard of Clairvaux, Hadewich, and Julian of Norwich; the great tradition and literature of courtly love, Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, Sören Kierkegaard, and others. In addition, Brady devotes chapters to several 20th century figures whose lives seemingly embodied Christian love: Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Pope John Paul II. Finally, Christian Love addresses contemporary deliberations over the meaning of love with an analysis of the modern writings of Martin D'Arcy, Reinhold Niebuhr, Jules Toner, Gustavo Gutiérrez, Gene Outka, Margaret Farley, Edward Vacek, and Don Browning. In a synthesizing concluding chapter, Brady offers his own insightful and introspective understanding of the substance of Christian love, suggesting that it is an affective affirmation of another, that it is both responsive and unitive, and that it is steadfast and enduring. As a beautiful contemplative companion to one's own spiritual understanding, or as a thoughtful and meaningful gift, Christian Love is in every sense a treasure to behold, read, and share with those you love.

First Love

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First Love by Sigi Jottkandt Book Summary:

First Love: A Phenomenology of the One takes seriously literatureOCOs repeated attestations of a One in its stories, poems and plays entitled First Love. With this groundbreaking work, JAttkandt suspends the contemporary philosophical stricture against every idea of a whole to unmask the figure concealed behind the psychoanalytic myth of first love."

Explorations in Love and Sex

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Explorations in Love and Sex by Irving Singer Book Summary:

Beginning with a discussion of Kant, Schopenhauer, and others about the morality of sex and the morality of compassion, Explorations in Love and Sex offers a panoramic view of the philosophy of love from its beginnings in Plato up to the present. It examines the nature and limitations of sexual pluralism, and elaborates on Irving Singer's earlier ideas about appraisal and bestowal. The book's chapters are both philosophical and historical, and speak to general readers who wish to better understand the curious set of emotions called love.

Philosophy of Love

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Philosophy of Love by Irving Singer Book Summary:

The author of the classic philosophical treatment of love reflects on the trajectory, over decades, of his thoughts on love and other topics. In 1984, Irving Singer published the first volume of what would become a classic and much acclaimed trilogy on love. Trained as an analytical philosopher, Singer first approached his subject with the tools of current philosophical methodology. Dissatisfied by the initial results (finding the chapters he had written “just dreary and unproductive of anything”), he turned to the history of ideas in philosophy and the arts for inspiration. He discovered an immensity of speculation and artistic practice that reached wholly beyond the parameters he had been trained to consider truly philosophical. In his three-volume work The Nature of Love, Singer tried to make sense of this historical progression within a framework that reflected his precise distinction-making and analytical background. In this new book, he maps the trajectory of his thinking on love. It is a “partial” summing-up of a lifework: partial because it expresses the author's still unfolding views, because it is a recapitulation of many published pages, because love—like any subject of that magnitude—resists a neatly comprehensive, all-inclusive formulation. Adopting an informal, even conversational, tone, Singer discusses, among other topics, the history of romantic love, the Platonic ideal, courtly and nineteenth-century Romantic love; the nature of passion; the concept of merging (and his critique of it); ideas about love in Freud, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Dewey, Santayana, Sartre, and other writers; and love in relation to democracy, existentialism, creativity, and the possible future of scientific investigation. Singer's writing on love embodies what he has learned as a contemporary philosopher, studying other authors in the field and “trying to get a little further.” This book continues his trailblazing explorations.

Love Life for Every Married Couple

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Love Life for Every Married Couple by Ed Wheat,Gloria Okes Perkins Book Summary:

This book details the process of rediscovering the joy of marriage through practical counsel involving communication and an understanding of each other in our sexual make-up.

Love Canal

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Love Canal by Lois Marie Gibbs,Murray Levine Book Summary:

The inspiring story of a seemingly ordinary woman who led one of the most successful, single-purpose, grassroots efforts of our time.

Love is Contagious

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Love is Contagious by Patricia McLain Book Summary:

THE STORY: Takes place in the Greenwich Village apartment of Sam Harway, artist, and Robbie Winters, newspaper reporter. Robbie's sister, Sally, wide-eyed and fresh from the farm, unexpectedly arrives in the big city looking for a place to stay,

Ian McEwan's Enduring Love

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Ian McEwan's Enduring Love by Roger Clarke,Andy Gordon Book Summary:

This is an excellent guide to 'Enduring Love'. It features a biography of the author, a full-length analysis of the novel, and a great deal more. If you're studying this novel, reading it for your book club, or if you simply want to know more about it, you'll find this guide informative, intelligent, and helpful. This is part of a new series of guides to contemporary novels. The aim of the series is to give readers accessible and informative introductions to some of the most popular, most acclaimed and most influential novels of recent years - from ‘The Remains of the Day' to ‘White Teeth'. A team of contemporary fiction scholars from both sides of the Atlantic has been assembled to provide a thorough and readable analysis of each of the novels in question.

Nurtured by Love

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Nurtured by Love by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki,Waltraud Suzuki Book Summary:

This book is the cornerstone upon which to build any Suzuki-oriented library. In it the author presents the philosophy and principles of Suzuki's teaching methods. Through the examples from his own life and teaching, Suzuki establishes his case for early childhood education and the high potential of every human being, not just those seemingly gifted.

Love and Saint Augustine

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Love and Saint Augustine by Hannah Arendt,Joanna Vecchiarelli Scott,Judith Chelius Stark Book Summary:

Editors Joanna Vecchiarelli Scott and Judith Chelius Stark make Hannah Arendt's important early work accessible for the first time. Here is a completely corrected and revised English translation that incorporates Arendt's own substantial revisions and provides additional notes based on letters, contracts, and other documents. "A revelation that may force us to reconsider the traditional interpretation of Arendt's work".--KIRKUS REVIEWS.

A Decision to Love

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A Decision to Love by John M. Midgley,Susan Vollmer Midgley Book Summary:

This comprehensive program offers couples the guidance and groundwork necessary to assist them in evaluating their readiness to make a permanent life commitment. Each of the eight chapters deal with critical topics that are addressed in several ways: His and Her pages; Couple and Group discussion questions; Issues of Special focus; and more. Also comes with a complete wedding liturgy planner with Scripture readings.

Love, Human and Divine

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Love, Human and Divine by Edward Collins Vacek, SJ Book Summary:

Although the two great commandments to love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves are central to Christianity, few theologians or spiritual writers have undertaken an extensive account of the meaning and forms of these loves. Most accounts, in fact, make love of God and love of self either impossible or immoral. Integrating these two commandments, Edward Vacek, SJ, develops an original account of love as the theological foundation for Christian ethics. Vacek criticizes common understandings of agape, eros, and philia, examining the arguments of Aquinas, Nygren, Outka, Rahner, Scheler, and other theologians and philosophers. He defines love as an emotional, affirmative participation in the beloved's real and ideal goodness, and he extends this definition to the love between God and self. Vacek proposes that the heart of Christian moral life is loving cooperation with God in a mutually perfecting friendship.

'Love Your Enemies'

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'Love Your Enemies' by John Piper Book Summary:

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Love as Passion

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Love as Passion by Niklas Luhmann Book Summary:

Originally published: Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1986.

The Nature of Love

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The Nature of Love by Irving Singer Book Summary:

An analysis of concepts of bestowal, appraisal, imagination, and idealization followed by explorations into the writings of thinkers that include Plato, Ovid, and Martin Luther. Irving Singer's trilogy The Nature of Love has been called "majestic" (New York Times Book Review), "monumental" (Boston Globe), "one of the major works of philosophy in our century" (Nous), "wise and magisterial" (Times Literary Supplement), and a "masterpiece of critical thinking [that] is a timely, eloquent, and scrupulous account of what, after all, still makes the world go round" (Christian Science Monitor). In the first volume, Singer begins by studying love as appraisal and bestowal as well as imagination and idealization. He then examines the contrasting views of Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, Ovid, Lucretius, Saint Augustine, Saint Thomas Aquinas, and Martin Luther. After having described the nature of erotic idealization, Singer analyzes the religious idealization in Judeo-Christian concepts of eros, philia, nomos, and agape. Medieval Catholicism sought to combine these four ideas of love in the "caritas synthesis." Luther repudiated that attempt on the grounds that love exists only in God's agapastic bestowal of unlimited goodness upon humanity and all of nature. In relation to the different modes of theorizing, Singer explores the humanistic implications of each.

D.H. Lawrence's Women in Love

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D.H. Lawrence's Women in Love by David Ellis Book Summary:

Although D. H. Lawrence's stock has fallen in recent times there are now signs of a revival. Of all his works, Women in Love is widely regarded as the most complex and rewarding. Apart from the classic essay by Joyce Carol Oates, all the items collected in this volume were published after 1990. Written by scholars from the United Kingdom, France, Australia and Canada, as well as the United States, they illustrate both the way recent theoretical developments in literary studies can be made relevant to readings of Lawrence and the healthy persistence of traditional methods of analysis. They also reveal Women in Love as a twentieth century classic that continues to challenge its readers and refuses to be pigeonholed. College students will find this collection an invaluable aid in their efforts to come to terms with the novel and for those of their elders who admire Lawrence it will provide a convenient and interesting way of discovering the kind of reactions he has provoked in the last fifteen years. The collection also contains a photograph of the statuette that was quite clearly the inspiration of Lawrence's description of Loerke's Lady Godiva, along with a note from the scholar who has only very recently announced its discovery.

The Evolution of Love

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The Evolution of Love by Ada Lampert Book Summary:

Lampert presents the story of love: when, why, and how love became a central experience of humans. She sheds new insights as to who we fall in love with, why our sexual life is so full of contradictions, and from where the behavioral repertoire of lovers came. Based upon the most current scientific information, this book is written for every educated person.

Love and Friendship in Plato and Aristotle

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Love and Friendship in Plato and Aristotle by A. W. Price Book Summary:

This book fully explores for the first time an idea common to Plato and Aristotle, which unites their treatments - otherwise very different - of love and friendship. The idea is that although persons are separate, their lives need not be. One person's life may overflow into another's, and as such, helping another person is a way of serving oneself. The author shows how their view of love and friendship, within not only personal relationships, but also the household and even the city-state, promises to resolve the old dichotomy between egoism and altruism. - ;Friendship and desire in the Lysis; Love in the Symposium; Love in the Phaedrus; Perfect friendship in Aristotle; Aristotle on the varieties of friendship; The household; The City; Epilogue; Appendices; Homogeneity and beauty in the Symposium; Psychoanalysis looks at the Phaedrus ; Plato's sexual morality; Aristotle on erotic love; List of modern works cited. -

Love and Justice

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Love and Justice by Reinhold Niebuhr Book Summary:

Niebuhr is renowned for his unflinching honesty concerning issues of social ethics, specifically, love and justice. His influence is great both inside and outside the Christian church. Now 64 of Niebuhr's important pieces about the problems of humanity and society are compiled in this single volume.

Falling in Love

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Falling in Love by Ayala Malakh-Pines Book Summary:

Looks at love and relationships and what goes on in a person's unconscious mind when falling in love.

The Nature of Love

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The Nature of Love by Irving Singer Book Summary:

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