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The Nature of Love: Plato to Luther

Irving Singer


This first volume of the author’s trilogy The Nature of Love begins by studying love as appraisal and bestowal as well as imagination and idealization, and then examines the contrasting views of Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, Ovid, Lucretius, Saint Augustine, Saint Thomas Aquinas, and Martin Luther. After having described the nature of erotic idealization, the author analyzes the religious idealization in Judeo-Christian concepts of eros, philia, nomos, and agape. Medieval Catholicism sought to combine these four ideas of love in the “caritas synthesis”. Luther repudiated that attempt on the grou ... More

Keywords: love, appraisal, bestowal, imagination, idealization, eros, philia, nomos, Medieval Catholicism, caritas synthesis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780262512725
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262512725.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Irving Singer, author