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The Routledge Handbook of Love in Philosophy

Edited By

Adrienne M. Martin

ISBN 9780367659639
Published September 30, 2020 by Routledge
504 Pages

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Love in Philosophy collects 39 original chapters from prominent philosophers on the nature, meaning, value, and predicaments of love, presented in a unique framework that highlights the rich variety of methods and traditions used to engage with these subjects. This volume is structured around important realms of human life and activity, each of which receives its own section:

I. Family and Friendship

II. Romance and Sex

III. Politics and Society

IV. Animals, Nature, and the Environment

V. Art, Faith, and Meaning

VI. Rationality and Morality

VII. Traditions: Historical and Contemporary.

This last section includes chapters treating love as a subject in both Western and non-Western philosophical traditions. The contributions, all appearing in print here for the first time, are written to be accessible and compelling to non-philosophers and philosophers alike; and the volume as a whole encourages professional philosophers, teachers, students, and lay readers to rethink standard constructions of philosophical canons.


Table of Contents

Introduction, Adrienne M. Martin

Part I. Family and friendship

    1. Love and friendship, Diane Jeske

    2. Early Relationships, Pathologies of Attachment, and the Capacity to Love, Monique Wonderly

    3. "Mama, do you love me? A defense of unloving parents," Sara Protasi

    4. Loving and (or?) choosing our children: disability, unconditional parental love, and prenatal selection Joseph A. Stramondo

    5. Part II. Romance and sex

    6. Love, romance, and sex, Troy Jollimore

    7. All Hearts in Love Use Their Own Tongues: Concepts, Verbal Disputes, and Disagreeing About Love, C.S.I Jenkins

    8. The normative potency of sexually exclusive love, Jennifer Ryan Lockhart

    9. Queer Bodies and Queer Love, Maren Behrensen

    10. Plato on love and sex, Jeremy Reid

    11. Eros and Agape in Interpersonal Relationships: Plato, Emerson, and Peirce, Daniel G. Campos

    12. Threats, Warnings, and Relationship Ultimatums, Hallie Liberto

    13. Part III. Politics and society

    14. Love and marriage, Brook J. Sadler

    15. Love, anger, and racial justice, Myisha Cherry

    16. Love and political reconciliation, Colleen Murphy

    17. The morning stars will sing together: compassion, nonviolence, and the revolution of the heart, Cheyney Ryan

    18. Part IV. Animals, nature, and the environment

    19. Love and animals: Simone Weil, Iris Murdoch and attention as love, Elise Aaltola

    20. On the love of nature, Rick Anthony Furtak

    21. Caring to be green: the importance of love for environmental integrity, Cheryl Hall

    22. Part V. Art, faith, and meaning

    23. Love and beauty in eighteenth-century aesthetics, Paul Guyer

    24. Love songs, Noël Carroll

    25. How faith secures the morality of love, Sharon Krishek

    26. What is this thing called love?, Luc Bovens

    27. Part VI. Rationality and morality

    28. Reasons for love, Esther Engels Kroeker

    29. Reasons of love, Katrian Schaubroeck

    30. Love and agency, Kyla Ebels-Duggan

    31. Love, practical reasons, and African philosophy, Sandy Koullas

    32. Love and moral structures: how love can reshape ethical theory, J.L.A. Garcia

    33. Moral normativity and the necessities of love, Harry Frankfurt

    34. Love and hatred, Jens Haas and Katja Maria Vogt

    35. Part VII. Traditions: Historical and Contemporary

    36. The Confucian and Daoist traditions on love, David B. Wong

    37. Love: India’s distinctive mor

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Adrienne M. Martin is Akshata Murty ’02 and Rishi Sunak Associate Professor of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, and George R. Roberts Fellow, at Claremont McKenna College. She is the author of How We Hope: A Moral Psychology (2013).