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
3. Love your neighbour as Yourself
4. Love’s Telos: Kierkegaard’s Critique of Preferential Love
5. Erich Fromm on Love and Union: Mysticism and Romanticism about Sexual Relations
Part II: Present
6. Love and the Past (and Present, and Future)
7. Falling in Love
8. Erotic Thoughts
9. Loves Passed
10. "Ain’t Love Grand?" Looking at Grandparental Love
Part III: Future
11. Polyamory: The Future of Love?
12. Love without Possession
13. Romantic Love in a political liberal society
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