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Thoughts of Love

Editor(s): Fiona Peters, Gary Peters
Contributors: Terrilyn Sweep, Richard Ganis, Harri Laakso, Rachel Paine, Dr Ruth Burch, Dr Elena Tzelepis, Aleksandar Fatie,

Book Description

Perhaps because love is a feeling rather than a thought, there is a serious shortage of thinking on love available for the increasing number of students studying on courses devoted to the subject. This volume aims to address this lack, providing a much-needed resource that will support and enliven research across a wide range of disciplines.

The essays collected here have been contributed by both established and emerging international scholars in the field, and are drawn from a variety of subject areas including continental philosophy, ethics, critical theory, psychoanalysis, feminist theory, post-colonial theory, literary theory and personal memoir. Addressing a varied but overlapping set of concerns that speak of desire, friendship, obsession, destructiveness, sympathy and loss, the writers here bring a shared commitment to the theme of love in the face of its denial and destruction in so many quarters so much of the time. In such ‘dark times’, it is work such as this that, perhaps, can restore our faith in the power of thinking.

This volume will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as researchers in the field, but, most of all, is intended for all readers, whether specialist or non-specialist, who wish to give some serious thought to the most human of human feelings: love.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-4871-8
ISBN-10: 1-4438-4871-9
Date of Publication: 01/08/2013
Pages / Size: 230 / A5
Price: £44.99


Gary Peters is Professor of Critical and Cultural Theory at York St John University, UK. He has a background in Sociology (LSE) and Cultural History (RCA). He has written widely on continental philosophy, aesthetics and pedagogy, improvisation and on the subject of death. His first book was entitled: Irony and Singularity: Aesthetic Education from Kant to Levinas (Ashgate, 2005). His second book: The Philosophy of Improvisation was published by Chicago University Press in 2009. He is currently working on a second book for Chicago University Press entitled Improvisations on Improvisation.

Fiona Peters has a PhD in English, and is currently Senior Lecturer in English and Cultural Studies at Bath Spa University. Her research interests are in psychoanalysis, discourses of evil, anxiety and love, and crime fiction. She is the author of Anxiety and Evil in the Writings of Patricia Highsmith (Ashgate, 2011) and has published book chapters and journal articles on a wide range of topics. Her current research includes pieces on suicide and a forthcoming volume on crime fiction and the Gothic to be published by Edinburgh University Press.