1st Edition

Philosophy of Love in the Past, Present, and Future

Edited By André Grahle, Natasha McKeever, Joe Saunders Copyright 2022
    274 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    274 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume features original essays on the philosophy of love. The essays are organized thematically around the past, present, and future of philosophical thinking about love.

    In Part I, the contributors explore what we can learn from the history of philosophical thinking about love. The chapters cover Ancient Greek thinkers, namely Plato and Aristotle, as well as Kierkegaard’s critique of preferential love and Erich Fromm’s mystic interpretation of sexual relations. Part II covers current conceptions and practices of love. These chapters explore how love changes over time, the process of falling in love, the erotic dimension of romantic love, and a new interpretation of grand-parental love. Finally, Part III looks at the future of love. These chapters address technological developments related to love, such as algorithm-driven dating apps and robotic companions, as well as the potential of polyamory as a future romantic ideal.

    This book will be of interest to researchers and advanced students in moral philosophy and social and political philosophy who are working on issues related to the philosophy of love.


    André Grahle, Natasha McKeever, and Joe Saunders

    Part I: Past

    1. Love and Death in Plato’s Symposium

    Ginger Tate Clausen

    2. Aristotelian Communal Love

    Anna Mense

    3. Love your neighbour as Yourself

    Terence Irwin

    4. Love’s Telos: Kierkegaard’s Critique of Preferential Love

    Daniel Watts

    5. Erich Fromm on Love and Union: Mysticism and Romanticism about Sexual Relations

    Christopher Bennett

    Part II: Present

    6. Love and the Past (and Present, and Future)

    Troy Jollimore

    7. Falling in Love

    Pilar Lopez-Cantero

    8. Erotic Thoughts

    Neil Delaney

    9. Loves Passed

    Joe Saunders

    10. "Ain’t Love Grand?" Looking at Grandparental Love

    Christine Overall

    Part III: Future

    11. Polyamory: The Future of Love?

    Luke Brunning

    12. Love without Possession

    André Grahle

    13. Romantic Love in a political liberal society

    Alison Toop

    14. The Technological Future of Love

    Sven Nyholm, John Danahar, and Brian D. Earp

    15. Online Dating and Love Robots: How technology may undermine valuable features of romantic love

    Natasha McKeever


    André Grahle is Assistant Professor in philosophy at LMU Munich. Before that he was a post-doc at the University of Osnabrück. He received his Ph.D. from the University of St Andrews in 2014. His work centres around questions of political and social philosophy, as well as topics in the ethics of emotions, ideals and relationships.

    Natasha McKeever is a Lecturer in Applied Ethics at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Sheffield in 2014, which she wrote on the topic of romantic love and monogamy. Her research interests are primarily in the philosophy of love and sex, and she has published articles on topics including: rape, asexuality, prostitution, romantic love, sexual infidelity, and sexual exclusivity. She is currently co-editing the forthcoming anthology with Raja Halwani and Jacob Held: The Philosophy of Sex: Contemporary Readings, 8th edition.

    Joe Saunders is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Durham University. He works on ethics and agency in Kant and the post-Kantian tradition, the philosophy of love and media ethics.