Eros, Agape and Philia Readings in the Philosophy of Love

ISBN-10: 1557782784
ISBN-13: 9781557782786
Edition: 1998
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Paragon House Publishers
Publication date: 8/6/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 330
Size: 9.00" wide x 5.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

The philosophy of loveFor centuries, popular writers and respected scholars have written about and analyzed the phenomenon of love without exhausting its potential for contemporary debate. By representing the three major traditions in the philosophy of love--Platonic eros, Christian agape, and Aristotelian philia--editor Alan Soble has not only examined the intellectual problem of what "love" is, but has designed a dialogue among the three traditions in genuine philosophical style. "Eros is acquisitive, egocentric or even selfish; agape is a giving love. Eros is an unconstant, unfaithful love, while agape is unwavering and continues to give despite ingratitude. Eros is a love that responds to the merit or value of its object; while agape creates value in its object as a result of loving it... Finally, eros is an ascending love, the humanÆs route to God; agape is a descending love, GodÆs route to humans... Philia is caught between eros and agape."--From the Introduction to Eros, Agape and Philia ISSUES EXPLORED: --What is the state of love today as seen through the eyes of Plato, Aristotle, and Paul? --How do relations between the sexes illustrate the difficulties of love? --What are the nature and effects of exclusivity, reciprocity, and constancy? --What are the conceptual and psychological ties between sex and love? --Does it make any sense to think of love in moral terms?

Also By Alan Soble
Preface
An Introduction To The Philosophy Of Love
Notes
Where We Are
Notes
On Falling in Love
Women, Men, and Intimacy
Notes
Love in a Sexist Society
Notes
Suggested Readings, Section I
Classical Sources
Notes
Socrates Speaks at a Banquet
Notes
Perfect Friendship
Notes
Sexuality and Love
Notes
Suggested Readings, Section II
Exploring The Classics
Notes
Agape and Eros
Notes
The Individual as an Object of Love in Plato
Notes
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Abbreviations
Glossary For Vlastos
Notes
Appendix
The Nature of Love
Notes
Platonic Love
Notes
Greek Glossary For Kosman
Friends as Ends in Themselves
Notes
Suggested Readings, Section III
Contemporary Analysis
Notes
A Conceptual Investigation of Love
Notes
The Phenomena of Love and Hate
Marital Faithfulness
Notes
The Commandability of Pathological Love
Notes
Personal Love
Note
Sex, Love, and Justice: a Problem in Moral Education
Notes
Suggested Readings, Section IV
Appendix: Discussion Material
For Anne Gregory
Note
What is the Self?
Notes
Two Love Sonnets
Notes
Of Friendship
Notes
Letter to Chanut
Note
A Love Sonnet
Note

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