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Kaufmann, Jean-Claude
Etrange histoire de l'amour heureux. English
The curious history of love / Jean-Claude Kaufmann ; [translated] by David Macey
English ed
Cambridge ; Malden, MA : Polity Press, 2011
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 Browsing/1st Flr  BF575.L8 K37 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Love
Man-woman relationships
Physical Description 178 p. ; 23 cm
Note Originally published in French: 2009
Includes bibliographical references (p. [169]-178)
Contents Introduction ---- 1. Where does love come from? --- 2. At the crossroads --- 3. Love's revolutionaries --- 4. Enter the happy couple --- 5. In search of happiness ---- Conclusion
Summary The one emotion that matters most to many people is the one about which social thinkers rarely speak - love. For many people, love is the thing that matters most in their lives: they are searching for love, hoping to find in love a kind of happiness that they cannot find in their work or by surrounding themselves with material goods. But where does this peculiar and powerful blending together of love and happiness come from, and why do we find it such a compelling idea today? In this short book Jean-Claude Kaufmann offers a fresh account of the history of a feeling unlike any other. The modern idea of love as passion was born in the 12th century but it was marginalized by the rise of a kind of instrumental, calculating reason that became increasingly central to modern societies. As calculating reason began to encroach on the personal domain, many individuals sought to escape from it, searching for happiness elsewhere. As our societies become dominated by calculating reason and selfish individualism, we search elsewhere for the kind of happy love that will heal all our wounds. This is why we experience so many changes of heart in our personal lives: at times we are coldly calculating and then, a few moments later, we sacrifice ourselves to love without a second thought. -- Book cover
NOTE 500133
Alternate Author Macey, David, 1949-2011, trans

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