Love as Passion: The Codification of Intimacy

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John Wiley & Sons, 10.12.2014 г. - 200 страници
In this important book Niklas Luhmann - one of the leading social thinkers of the late 20th century - analyses the emergence of ‘love' as the basis of personal relationships in modern societies. He argues that, while family systems remained intact in the transition from traditional to modern societies, a semantics for love developed to accommodate extra-marital relationships; this semantics was then transferred back into marriage and eventually transformed marriage itself. Drawing on a diverse range of historical and literary sources, Luhmann retraces the emergence and evolution of the special semantics of passionate love that has come to form the basis of modern forms of intimacy and personal relationships.

This classic book by Luhmann has been widely recognized as a work of major importance. It is an outstanding contribution to social theory and it provides an original and illuminating perspective on the nature of modern marriage and sexuality.

 

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Preface to the English Edition
1
Introduction
8
Society and Individual
12
Love as a Generalized Symbolic Medium of Communication
18
The Evolution of Communicative Capacities
34
The Evolution of the Semantics of Love
41
Freedom to Love
48
The Rhetoric of Excess and the Experience of Instability
58
En Route to Individualization
97
The Incorporation of Sexuality
109
The Discovery of Incommunicability
121
Romantic Love
129
Love and Marriage
145
What Now?
155
Love as a System of Interpenetration
172
Notes
179

From Galantry to Friendship
76
Plaisir and Amour
84
Love versus Reason
94

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Niklas Luhmann was Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Bielefeld University.

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