The Nature of Love: Plato to Luther by Irving SingerThe Nature of Love: Plato to Luther by Irving Singer

The Nature of Love: Plato to Luther

byIrving Singer

Paperback | February 20, 2009

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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.

Irving Singer is Professor of Philosophy at MIT. In addition to his two trilogies, The Nature of Love and Meaning in Life, he is the author of manyother books, including four on film aesthetics published by the MIT Press: Reality Transformed: Film as Meaning and Technique; Three Philosophical Filmmakers: Hitchcock, Welles, Renoir; Ingm...
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Title:The Nature of Love: Plato to LutherFormat:PaperbackDimensions:404 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.94 inPublished:February 20, 2009Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0262512726

ISBN - 13:9780262512725

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"One of the major works of philosophy in our century." -- "Nous"