Linnell Secomb

in Philosophy and Love

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780748623679
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671854 | DOI:

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This book continues the reiteration and reformulation of love stories by bringing together philosophy, cultural analysis and gender theory supplementing the proliferation of tales of love. Love as narrative, love's troubles and paradoxes, and an ethics and politics of erotics are detailed through a conversation between philosophy, cultural analysis and gender theory. It concentrates on cultural formations, gender constructions and philosophical ruminations. It discusses Plato and Sappho, who each reflects on love and bequeaths enduring phenomenological accounts of love. An overview of the chapters included in this book is given. Thus, this book reviews the many and divergent stories of love, reading not just the narratives but also the myths and codes, abstractions and figurations, structures, scenes, rhetoric, genre and techniques of the languages of love.

Keywords: love; philosophy; cultural analysis; gender theory; Plato; Sappho

Chapter.  3820 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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