Love as passion : the codification of intimacy / Niklas Luhmann ; translated by Jeremy Gaines and Doris L. Jones.

by Luhmann, Niklas, 1927-1998Looking glass; Gaines, Jeremy [translator.]Looking glass; Jones, Doris L [translator.].

Publisher: Cambridge : Polity, 2012.Edition: First paperback edition.Description: 247 pages ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780745600789; 0745600786.Uniform titles: Liebe als Passion. English.Subject(s): Interpersonal relationsLooking glass | Intimacy (Psychology)Looking glass | Interpersonal communicationLooking glass | LoveLooking glass | Interpersonal communicationLooking glass | Interpersonal relationsLooking glass | Intimacy (Psychology)Looking glass | LoveLooking glass
Contents:
Introduction ---- 1. Society and Individual: Personal and Impersonal Relationships --- 2. Love as a Generalized Symbolic Medium of Communication --- 3. The Evolution of Communicative Capacities --- 4. The Evolution of the Semantics of Love --- 5. Freedom to Love: From the Ideal to the Paradox --- 6. The Rhetoric of Excess and the Experience of Instability --- 7. From Galantry to Friendship --- 8. Plaisir and Amour: The Primary Difference --- 9. Love versus Reason --- 10. En Route to Individualization: A State of Ferment in the Eighteenth Century --- 11. The Incorporation of Sexuality --- 12. The Discovery of Incommunicability --- 13. Romantic Love --- 14. Love and Marriage: The Ideology of Reproduction ---- 15. What Now? Problems and Alternatives --- 16. Love as a System of Interpenetration.
Note: Originally published: 1986.Note: Includes bibliographical references and index. Language: Translated from the German. Summary: 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. -- Publisher description.
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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.

Originally published: 1986.

Translated from the German.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Introduction ---- 1. Society and Individual: Personal and Impersonal Relationships --- 2. Love as a Generalized Symbolic Medium of Communication --- 3. The Evolution of Communicative Capacities --- 4. The Evolution of the Semantics of Love --- 5. Freedom to Love: From the Ideal to the Paradox --- 6. The Rhetoric of Excess and the Experience of Instability --- 7. From Galantry to Friendship --- 8. Plaisir and Amour: The Primary Difference --- 9. Love versus Reason --- 10. En Route to Individualization: A State of Ferment in the Eighteenth Century --- 11. The Incorporation of Sexuality --- 12. The Discovery of Incommunicability --- 13. Romantic Love --- 14. Love and Marriage: The Ideology of Reproduction ---- 15. What Now? Problems and Alternatives --- 16. Love as a System of Interpenetration.

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. -- Publisher description.

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Niklas Luhmann was Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Bielefeld University.

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