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Book Title: Love and Friendship|
The author of the book: Allan Bloom
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 16.58 MB
Edition: Simon & Schuster
Date of issue: May 19th 1994
ISBN 13: 9780671891206
Read full description of the books Love and Friendship: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 theme:
"But nowhere is this a more urgent task than in matters of eros, the first and best hope of human connectedness in a world where all connectedness has become problematic."
"I suggest that we need a generation or two not of theory but of an attempt to discover the real phenomena of eros."
"I 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 writers thought these things are."
Page 34 On the Romantic movement:
"It tried to rescue sex from Christian original sin and to recover the union of body and soule of Platonic eros while guaranteeing the reciprocity missing from the Platonic understanding of love and friendship..."
"...Rousseau and the Rousseauans play a double role in this book."
Page 34 On the Shakespearean movement:
"Shakespeare is to me the purest voice of nature, and he does no meddle with nature. His plays provide us with the greatest variety of erotic expression, and with Shakespeare eros is the proper term to use."
"He takes lovers with the utmost seriousness and portrays with sympathy love's promise of unity... -and that Christianity is the source not only of repression decried since the Romantics, but of a deepening of women and a new sensitivity of men."
Read information about the authorAllan David Bloom was an American philosopher, essayist and academic. Bloom championed the idea of 'Great Books' education, as did his mentor Leo Strauss. Bloom became famous for his criticism of contemporary American higher education, with his views being expressed in his bestselling 1987 book, The Closing of the American Mind.
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