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The Nature of LoveCourtly and Romantic$
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Irving Singer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262512732

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262512732.001.0001

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Conclusion Beyond Romantic Love

Conclusion Beyond Romantic Love

(p.482) Conclusion Beyond Romantic Love
The Nature of Love

Irving Singer

The MIT Press

This chapter highlights the differences between courtly and Romantic love; however, it must be noted that most of the available literature on the subject tackles issues of passing from one to the other—the evolution from courtly to Romantic love. The Italian Renaissance saw the emergence of new patterns and ideas through the works of Shakespeare, Shelley, Stendhal, Schlegel, Hume, and Hegel, who have shown what needs to be done in philosophy and, in one way or another, have provided the necessary tools. Toward the beginning of the twentieth century, many thinkers attacked the idealistic bases of courtly and Romantic love, and, in turning to the scientific philosophy of their day, foresaw a realistic attitude superior to any that had been possible in previous centuries.

Keywords:   Romantic love, Italian Renaissance, Shakespeare, Shelley, Stendhal, Schlegel, Hume, Hegel, scientific philosophy, realistic attitude

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