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The Nature of Love: The Modern World

Irving Singer


This third volume of the author’s trilogy The Nature of Love examines the pervasive dialectic between optimistic idealism and pessimistic realism in modern thinking about the nature of love. It begins by discussing “anti-Romantic Romantics” (focusing on Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Tolstoy), influential nineteenth-century thinkers whose views illustrate much of the ambiguity and self-contradiction that permeate thinking about love in the last hundred years. The author offers detailed studies of Freud, Proust, Shaw, D. H. Lawrence, and Santayana, and maps the ideas about love in Continental exis ... More

Keywords: optimistic idealism, pessimistic realism, anti-Romantic Romantics, ambiguity, self-contradiction, Continental existentialism, cooperation, pluralistic humanists, empirical scientists, Kierkegaard

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780262512749
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262512749.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Irving Singer, author