Thinking About Love: Essays in Contemporary Continental Philosophy

Hardcover | November 6, 2015

EditorDiane Enns, Antonio Calcagno

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Does love command an ineffability that remains inaccessible to the philosopher?

The essays collected in Thinking About Love take up the nature and experience of love with reference to some of our best-known Continental philosophers. The writings here focus on the contradictions and limits of love, manifested in such phenomena as trust, abuse, grief, death, violence, politics, and desire.

Thinking About Love does not offer prescriptive claims about authentic love. Rather, the book explores how one might think about love philosophically—with recourse to the writings of Hannah Arendt, Simone de Beauvoir, Jacques Derrida, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and others—without attempting to resolve or alleviate its ambiguities, paradoxes, and limitations.

New forms of social organization, rapid developments in the field of psychology, and novel variations on relationships demand a new approach to thinking about love. This book fills a lacuna in the philosophy of a richly complicated topic.

Along with the editors, the contributors are Sophie Bourgault, John Caruana, Christina M. Gschwandtner, Marguerite La Caze, Alphonso Lingis, Christian Lotz, Todd May, Dawne McCance, Dorothea Olkowski, Felix Ó Murchadha, Fiona Utley, and Mélanie Walton.

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Does love command an ineffability that remains inaccessible to the philosopher?The essays collected in Thinking About Love take up the nature and experience of love with reference to some of our best-known Continental philosophers. The writings here focus on the contradictions and limits of love, manifested in such phenomena as trust, ...

Diane Enns is Associate Professor of Philosophy at McMaster University. Antonio Calcagno is Associate Professor of Philosophy at King’s University College at Western University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.28 × 6.26 × 0.85 inPublished:November 6, 2015Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

Thinking About Love: An Introduction

Diane Enns and Antonio Calcagno

Part I Human Vulnerability and the Limits of Love

1 Love and Death

Todd May

2 Love’s Limit

Diane Enns

3 The Subject in Crisis: Kristeva on Love, Faith, and Nihilism

John Caruana

Part II Love, Desire, and the Divine

4 The Phenomenon of Kenotic Love in Continental Philosophy of Religion

Christina M. Gschwandtner

5 Love’s Conditions: Passion and the Practice of Philosophy

Felix Ó Murchadha

6 What Can Love Say? Lyotard on Caritas and Eros

Mélanie Walton

7 Finding a Place for Desire in the Life of the Mind: Arendt and Augustine

Antonio Calcagno

Part III Love and Politics

8 Against Essentialist Conceptions of Love: Toward a Social-Material Theory

Christian Lotz

9 Hannah Arendt and Simone Weil on the Significance of Love for Politics

Sophie Bourgault

Part IV The Phenomenological Experience of Love

10 Trust and the Experience of Love

Fiona Utley

11 The Time of Possible and Impossible Reciprocity: Love and Hate in Simone de Beauvoir

Marguerite La Caze

12 Intentionality and the Neuroscience of Love

Dorothea Olkowski

V Love Stories

13 Love Is Blind: Jacques Derrida

Dawne McCance

14 The Babies in Trees

Alphonso Lingis

List of Contributors

Index

Acknowledgments

Editorial Reviews

“The editors of this inspiring new collection rightly contend that the question of love is woefully under-treated in contemporary Continental philosophy. This failure has impoverished both philosophy and contemporary life, making this volume a timely and much-needed intervention as well as a cause for gratitude.”

—Jason M. Wirth, Seattle University