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The Routledge Handbook of Love in Philosophy

1st Edition

Edited by Adrienne M. Martin


540 pages

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Hardback: 9781138184442
pub: 2019-01-09
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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:

    1. Family and Friendship
    2. Romance and Sex
    3. Politics and Society
    4. Animals, Nature, and the Environment
    5. Art, Faith, and Meaning
    6. Rationality and Morality
    7. 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

I. Family and friendship

    1. Love and friendship, Diane Jeske
    2. Love and attachment, 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 Stramondo
    5. II. Romance and sex

    6. Love, romance, and sex, Troy Jollimore
    7. Romantic love and conceptual change, Carrie Ichikawa Jenkins
    8. The normative potency of sexually exclusive love, Jennifer Lockhart
    9. Gender and the loveable body, Maren Behrensen
    10. Plato and sex, Jeremy Reid
    11. Eros and agape in interpersonal relationships, Daniel Campos
    12. Love and relationship ultimatums, Hallie Liberto
    13. III. Politics and society

    14. Love and marriage, Brook 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. 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 Furtak
    21. Caring to be green: the importance of love for environmental integrity, Cheryl Hall
    22. V. Art, faith, and meaning

    23. Love and beauty in eighteenth century aesthetics, Paul Guyer
    24. Love songs, Noel Carroll
    25. How faith secures the morality of love, Sharon Krishek
    26. What is this thing called love?, Luc Bovens
    27. VI. Rationality and morality

    28. Reasons for love, Esther Kroeker
    29. Reasons of love, Katrian Schaubroeck
    30. Love, practical reasons, and African philosophy, Sandy Koullas
    31. Love and agency, Kyla Ebels-Duggan
    32. Love and moral structures: how love can reshape ethical theory, J.L.A. Garcia
    33. The necessities of love and moral normativity, Harry Frankfurt
    34. Love and hatred, Jens Haas and Katja Vogt
    35. VII. Traditions: Historical and Contemporary

    36. The Confucian and Daoist traditions, David Wong
    37. Love: India’s distinctive moral theory, Shyam Ranganathan
    38. Love in the Jewish tradition, Lenn Goodman
    39. Love in Islamic philosophy, Ali Altaf Mian
    40. Three models of Christian love: Platonic, Aristotelian, and Kantian, Eric. J. Silverman
    41. European concepts of love in the 17th and 18th centuries, Gábor Boros
    42. Love in 19th century Western philosophy, Michael Strawser
    43. (The varieties of) love in contemporary Anglophone philosophy, Benjamin Bagley
    44. Love in contemporary psychology and neuroscience, Berit Brogaard






About the Editor

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 (Princeton University Press, 2013).

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