Love and Friendship

Love and Friendship : Rethinking Politics and Affection in Modern Times

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Love and Friendship gathers the reflections of some of today's most preeminent political scientists, philosophers, historians, and students of literature and religion in an investigation of the most influential accounts of love and friendship in Western history. The collection begins with a discussion of classical philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle, moves through a wide array of modern philosophers-among them Montaigne, Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau-and concludes with contemporary, postmodern accounts of love and friendship. Taken together, the essays provide an unprecedented exploration of the most compelling and sovereign human affections and associations. Eduardo Velasquez's marvelous, ambitious project succeeds, as each thoughtful and engaging piece proves the depth of the intimate relationship between psychology and political more

Product details

  • Hardback | 656 pages
  • 154.9 x 228.6 x 45.7mm | 1,088.63g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 0739101226
  • 9780739101223

About Eduardo A. Velasquez

Eduardo A. Velasquez is Associate Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee University. He is editor of Nature, Woman, and the Art of Politics (Rowman and Littlefield, 2000).show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Eros, Modernity, and Democratic Affection Chapter 2 On Socrates' Speech in Plato's Symposium Chapter 3 Hunting Together or Philosophizing Together: Friendship and Eros in Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics Chapter 4 Michel de Montaigne and His Imaginary Friend Chapter 5 Merry Wars and General Incivility: Wit, Love, and Verbal Warfare in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing and Austen's Pride and Prejudice Chapter 6 Godolphin and the Whale: Friendship and the Framing of Hobbes' Leviathan Chapter 7 Locke and the Problem of Friendship in Modern Liberalism Chapter 8 Shaftesbury's Liberal Enthusiasm Chapter 9 Dangerous Liaisons: The Relation of Love and Liberty in Rousseau Chapter 10 "A Particular Turn or Habit of the Imagination": Adam Smith on Love, Friendship, and Philosophy Chapter 11 The Role of Friendship in the Political Thought of Edmund Burke Chapter 12 Abraham, Agnes, and Socrates: Love and History in Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling Chapter 13 Self, Other, and Liberty: The Superiority of Women in Tocqueville's Democracy in America Chapter 14 Two Friendships: Schiller'sDon Karlos andLetters on Don Karlos Chapter 15 The Politics of Love and Friendship:1984 and Brave New World Chapter 16 Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex: The Promises and the Problems of the Self and Society Chapter 17 God is Love, or Love Is God? Denis de Rougemont and Allan Bloom on the Grounds and Goals of Love Chapter 18 Marital Friendship and the New Darwinian Political Science Chapter 19 Derrida and Friendship Chapter 20 'Where the Wild Things Are': Re-Creation, Fall, Re- and In-surrection in Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Clubshow more