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Meaning in Life: The Pursuit of Love (The Irving Singer Library) (Volume 2)

Meaning in Life: The Pursuit of Love (The Irving Singer Library) (Volume 2)
Author: Irving Singer
ISBN 13: 9780262513579
ISBN 10: 262513579
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: The MIT Press
Publication Date: 2009-12-30
Format: Paperback
Pages: 204
List Price: $30.00

An acclaimed philosopher offers a systematic mapping of the various facets of love.

Publishers Weekly

``Love is freedom in the midst of conditionality,'' declares humanistic philosopher Singer in a wise, lucid, profound meditation on the essential role of love in our lives. Disputing both Freud and Sartre, who believed that all love is at bottom self-love, the MIT professor regards love as the principal means by which we seek affective relations to persons, things or ideals that have value and importance to us. Choosing illustrative examples from literature, opera, film and religion, Singer ( The Nature of Love ) plumbs the diverse manifestations of universal emotion--sexual love, love of self, parental and filial love, friendship, love of pets, of nature, of humanity and God. Although Singer eschews self-help advice, readers may derive practical guidance from his analysis of interdependent love relationships whereby each partner bestows meaning and value on the other without sacrificing autonomy. (May)