Love as Passion: The Codification of Intimacy

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John Wiley & Sons, 8.12.2014 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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Contents Preface to the English Edition
Society and Individual
Love as a Generalized Symbolic Medium of Communication
The Evolution of Communicative Capacities
The Evolution of the Semantics of Love
Freedom to Love
The Rhetoric of Excess and the Experience of Instability
Plaisir and Amour
Love versus Reason
En Route to Individualization
The Incorporation of Sexuality
The Discovery of Incommunicability
Love and Marriage
Love as a System of Interpenetration

From Galantry to Friendship

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Niklas Luhmann was Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Bielefeld University.