Philosophy and Love

Philosophy and Love

From Plato to Popular Culture
Linnell Secomb
Distribution: U.S. and Canada
Publication date: 6/26/2007
Format: paper 184 pages
6.125 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-21947-3
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Philosophy and Love introduces readers to philosophical reflections on love from Plato to the present. Bringing philosophy together with popular cultural analysis, Linnell Secomb provides an interesting and engaging account of theories of love throughout history. Along the way, reflections on same-sex desire, cross-cultural love, and internet romance are considered against the ideas of Nietzsche, Beauvoir, Irigaray, Derrida, and Fanon, and other contemporary cultural commentators on the human condition. The work also looks at cultural productions of love ranging from Sappho to Frankenstein by focusing on archetypal stories of love and love gone wrong. Philosophy and Love reveals an ethics and politics of love that discloses the paradoxes, conflicts, and intensity of human love relations.

Author Bio

Linnell Secomb is Lecturer in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sydney, Australia.


". . . a nuanced discussion that considers some of the more challenging cultural theorists, novelists, and filmmakers who have something to say about what love is. . . . The book is wide-ranging and thoughtful . . . Recommended." —Choice

"Includes theorizations of love as inflected by postcolonial theory, queer theory, and contemporary popular culture technology studies." —Penelope Deutscher, Northwestern University

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Table of Contents

1. Sapphic and Platonic Erotics
2. The Paradoxical Passions of Shelley and Nietzsche
3. Simone de Beauvoir's
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4. Levinas: Love as Responsibility
5. Colonial Love in Fanon and Moffatt
6. Irigaray: Loving Indirection
7. Barthes: A Lover's (Internet) Discourses
8. Butler and Foucault: Que(e)rying Marriage
9. Amorous Politics: Between Derrida and Nancy
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