On Romantic Love: Simple Truths about a Complex Emotion

2015.09.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Berit Brogaard, On Romantic Love: Simple Truths about a Complex Emotion, Oxford University Press, 2015, 270pp., $21.95 (hbk),
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2015.09.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Berit Brogaard, On Romantic Love: Simple Truths about a Complex Emotion, Oxford University Press, 2015, 270pp., $21.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780199370733. Reviewed by Hichem Naar, University of Montreal This book is an attempt to offer a comprehensive picture of romantic love: what it is, what it involves, and how it is connected to other things. Berit Brogaard argues that romantic love, just like fear, anger, and sadness, is an emotion, and as a result can, like all emotions, be assessed for rationality. Furthermore, just as other emotions, romantic love can take various forms; it can, for instance, be unconscious. Finally, when romantic love is or has become irrational -- i.e., when one has good reasons to stop loving someone else -- there are ways to get rid of it, just like there are ways to get rid of our recalcitrant fears. Informed by scientific research, Brogaard's project is rather ambitious, involving a. . .

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