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Love: A New Understanding of an Ancient Emotion

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2020.01.05 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Simon May, Love: A New Understanding of an Ancient Emotion, Oxford University Press, 2019, 285pp., $29.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780190884833. Reviewed by Eric J. Silverman, Christopher Newport University Simon May's new book on love is truly ambitious. He hopes to offer a genuinely new answer to a question that's been around at least since Phaedrus asked his friends to offer speeches defining and praising love in Plato's Symposium. In Part I, May examines the question 'What is love?', identifying the current understanding of love's aim, motivation, and ground. He takes love to be an unconditional, disinterested, enduring affirmation of the beloved. In contemporary culture, he sees this kind of love as a 'secularized agape,' which is now sought within human relationships in an effort to replace the role that faith in God and divine love have filled in the past. Thus, the phenomenon he seeks to explain is no... Read More

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