Philosophy of Love: A Partial Summing-Up

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Philosophy of Love: A Partial Summing-Up
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Cover of the first edition
AuthorIrving Singer
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SeriesThe Irving Singer Library
SubjectsPhilosophy of love
Philosophy of sex
PublisherMIT Press
Publication date
2009
Media typePrint (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages125
ISBN978-0262516174

Philosophy of Love: A Partial Summing-Up is a 2009 book by the American philosopher Irving Singer, in which the author summarizes and expands upon the themes of his earlier three-volume works The Nature of Love (1984–1987) and Meaning in Life (1992–1996). The book, which has been described as an "intellectual biography" by its author, received positive reviews.

Publication history[edit]

Philosophy of Love: A Partial Summing-Up was published by MIT Press.[1]

Reception[edit]

Mainstream media[edit]

Philosophy of Love: A Partial Summing-Up received positive reviews from the philosopher Leslie Armour in Library Journal,[2] and in Publishers Weekly.[3] The book was also reviewed by R. White in Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries.[4]

Armour described the book as "an account of a life devoted to the idea of love and the love of ideas", and wrote that it summarizes Singer's previous work, including his philosophical trilogies The Nature of Love and Meaning in Life, "with relaxed charm."[2] The Publishers Weekly review described the book as "fairly interesting" and a summation of Singer's work, suggesting that it could serve as an introduction to it. It also wrote that it can serve as "a stand-alone survey of", or a model for understanding, the philosophy of love.[3]

Academic journals[edit]

Philosophy of Love: A Partial Summing-Up received positive reviews from Erica Lucast Stonestreet in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews,[5] and Michael Strawser in Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review.[6]

Stonestreet observed that the book deals with the same themes as Singer's previous works, such as The Nature of Love. She wrote that it resembled a conversation in structure, and that it "lacks an overarching thesis and may for this reason be disappointing to someone who is looking for a systematic introduction to the philosophy of love", but credited Singer with being able to talk "graciously and thoughtfully about things that matter." She compared Singer's views to those of the philosopher Harry Frankfurt, in that "both believe that love involves bestowing value on the beloved".[5] Strawser described the book as "the kind of book one wants to read by an eminent philosopher who has devoted his philosophical career to the study of love" and "an ideal opening text for a course on the philosophy of love". He credited Singer with providing an "accessible historical overview of the subject".[6]

Evaluations in books[edit]

The philosopher Alan Soble wrote in the foreword to Philosophy of Love: A Partial Summing-Up that it "is as much an intellectual biography as it is an exploration of love and sex", and observed that it "summarizes, explains, and elaborates" themes in Singer's The Nature of Love. He recommended it to "potential students of the philosophy of love and sex".[7]

References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Singer 2009, p. iv.
  2. ^ a b Armour 2009, p. 78.
  3. ^ a b Publishers Weekly 2009, p. 43.
  4. ^ White 2009, pp. 319–320.
  5. ^ a b Stonestreet 2009.
  6. ^ a b Strawser 2010, pp. 502–505.
  7. ^ Soble 1999, pp. ix–xii.

Bibliography[edit]

Books
  • Singer, Irving; Soble, Alan (2009). Philosophy of Love: A Partial Summing-Up. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press. ISBN 978-0262516174.
  • Soble, Alan; Singer, Irving (2009). Philosophy of Love: A Partial Summing-Up. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press. ISBN 978-0262516174.
Journals
Online articles