Love and Friendship

Love and Friendship The Author Of The National Bestseller The Closing Of The American Mind Offers A Provocative Indictment Of The Devaluing Of Love And Intimacy In Today S Culture Allan Bloom Explores The Language Of Love From The Bible To Freud, Shedding Penetrating Light On The True Nature Of Our Most Basic Human Connections A Rich Mine Of A Book New York Daily News. Based on the lives and writings of the ancient authors who influenced our modern times You can get it as a used book from half.com.Page 30 Bloom sums up his greater need to write on such a themeBut nowhere is this aurgent task than in matters of eros, the first and best hope of human connectedness in a world where all connectedness has become problematic Page 29I suggest that we need a generation or two not of theory but of an attempt to discover the real phenomena of eros Page 33 Based on the lives and writings of the ancient authors who influenced our modern times You can get it as a used book from half.com.Page 30 Bloom sums up his greater need to write on such a themeBut nowhere is this aurgent task than in matters of eros, the first and best hope of human connectedness in a world where all connectedness has become problematic Page 29I suggest that we need a generation or two not of theory but of an attempt to discover the real phenomena of eros Page 33I have no desire to preach a high minded and merely edifying version of love I simply try to act as an honest broker for greater persons and writers than I am I present no theory, nor do I have one I have constructed no Schema in terms of the struggle between Eros and agape and the futility of the former in the face of the latter I have no aspirations, hoping only to show you what some great
Allan Bloom, with his characteristic combination of brilliance and bombast, laments the death of Eros in the modern world The culprits are the familiar Straussian bugaboos a reductionist and materialistic modern science, a relativistic moral climate, and a repulsive consumer culture combine to narrow contemporary man s erotic horizons, and leave him unable to come to grips with the hopes and fears of true intimacy.Bloom seeks to restore his reader to erotic health by returning to philosophy an Allan Bloom, with his characteristic combination of brilliance and bombast, laments the death of Eros in the modern world The culprits are the familiar Straussian bugaboos a reductionist and materialistic modern science, a relativistic moral climate, and a repulsive consume
A series of essays on the meaning of Love and to a lesser degree Friendship, with Bloom arguing in favour of an Eros that leads lovers and friends to aspire to things higher than themselves and outside themselves The bridging between individual essays doesn t always work, and the essay on Shakespeare could probably have been left out altogether Nonetheless Bloom s writing is elegant and gently provocative, and the essays on Austen and Plato s Symposium are wonderfully done Bloom remind A series of essays on the meaning of Love and to a lesser degree Friendship, with Bloom arguing in favour of an Eros that leads lovers and friends to aspire to things higher than themselves and outside themselves The bridging between individual essays doesn t always work, and the essay on Shakespeare could probably have been left out altogether Nonetheless Bloom s writing is elegant and gently provocative, and the essays on Austen and Plato s Symposium are wonderfully done Bloom reminds us that Eros is something that includes, but goes beyond, physical desire, and he reminds us that friendship in the sense that Plato would ve understood is a thing to be valued not as a pale shadow of romance but an alliance that responds to the best in each friend Bloom is worth reading here in tandem with Alan Bray s The Friend We do live in an age when Eros has been devalued, when both and love and friendship are no longer see
Bloom sure read a lot, and he sure put a lot of thought into what he read This book is extremely dense, not with theory but with observation, context, cross reference, personal interpretation, and projection He has strong opinions and, maybe a little bit forced, finds support in the great books I don t mark up my books much any, but this one is full of notes, underlines, paraphrase notes and questions, as well as points of reference to my own life and ideas The long chapters on Rousseau Bloom sure read a lot, and he sure put a lot of thought into what he read This book is extremely dense, not with theory but with observation, context, cross re
A fascinating look at the idea of Eros in the classic writings of Renee Descartes, William Shalespeare, and others Beautiful book. Confession note This ended up being another one of those books that I didn t read all the way in fact, I ended up not reading much of it at all, other than the Introduction The Fall of Eros , which just as fittingly could ve been titled A Reason for Books Those parts elaborating on the good reasons to read literature I found quite compelling enough so to send me back to the actual story books themselves, and to leave this hefty tome to other readersscholarly and ambitious than my Confession note This ended up being another one of those books that I didn t read all the way in fact,

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  • Paperback
  • 592 pages
  • Love and Friendship
  • Allan Bloom
  • English
  • 19 March 2017
  • 0671891200