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A Phenomenology of Love and Hate

1st Edition

By Peter Hadreas


152 pages

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Using phenomenology to uncover the implicit logic in personal love, sexual love, and hatred, Peter Hadreas provides new insights into the uniqueness of the beloved and offers fresh explanations for some of the worst outbreaks of violence and hatred in modern times. Topics discussed include the value and subjectivity of personal love, nudity and the temporality of sexual love, the connection between personal, sexual love, and the incest taboo, the development of group-focused hatred from individual focused hatred, and prejudicial discrimination. The work encompasses analysis of philosophers and writers from ancient times through to the present day and examines such episodes as the Oklahoma City Federal Building bombing and the Columbine High School massacre.


’… this volume demonstrates the strength and the value of phenomenology by providing for us an exemplary and wide ranging exposition of the significant relationships between the elements that go to the make up overflowing concepts that we use every day 'without thinking', thereby often confusing ourselves and other.’ Journal of Consciousness Studies

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: Why A Phenomenology of Love and Hate?; Personal love; Sexual love; Hatred; Conclusion: the logical underpinnings of love and hate; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Peter Hadreas is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy, San José State University, USA

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