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4. Love, sex, gender, and philosophy

4. Love, sex, gender, and philosophy  

Julia Annas

in Plato: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2003
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775505
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192802163.003.0004
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780192802163
4. Love, sex, gender, and philosophy
6. Vagabond reverie

6. Vagabond reverie  

Robert Wokler

in Rousseau: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2001
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775475
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192801982.003.0006
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chapter
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9780192801982
6. Vagabond reverie
5. Science

5. Science  

Ronald de Sousa

in Love: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2015
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Jan 2015
eISBN: 
9780191781353
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199663842.003.0005
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9780199663842
5. Science Abstract Scientific scrutiny of love cannot reduce it to mere physical processes. Other perspectives are needed to explain why these mechanisms exist in the first place and what role they play in our lives: evolutionary theory, anthropology, psychology, and sociology. ‘Science’ considers several observations and typologies, from sociologist John Alan Lee’s six basic styles or ‘colours of love’ and psychologist Robert Sternberg’s ‘triangular model’ of love to psychologist Helen Fisher’s three syndromes of love—lust, limerence, and attachment. Brain imaging technology and scientists studying neurotransmitters that are implicated in feelings of love and the molecules that are transmitted from
5. The spiritual life—prayer, meditation, Torah

5. The spiritual life—prayer, meditation, Torah  

Norman Solomon

in Judaism: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2014
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Aug 2014
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9780191780035
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199687350.003.0006
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9780199687350
5. The spiritual life—prayer, meditation, Torah Abstract What does spirituality mean in Judaism? What is prayer and does it work? Prayer is a vital concern in Judaism, and one of the major forms in which spirituality is expressed. Equal in rank, or perhaps even higher, is learning. ‘The spiritual life—prayer, meditation, Torah’ considers the place of spirituality in Jewish worship. The most universal, accessible, and distinctive form of Jewish spirituality is Torah study. Learning the Torah is an expression of love that spans over generations. It is a unity of souls. It unites those who hand it down with those
9. Johannine literature

9. Johannine literature  

Luke Timothy Johnson

in The New Testament: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780199365807
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10.1093/actrade/9780199735709.003.0009
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9780199735709
9. Johannine literature
6. Love and other attractions

6. Love and other attractions  

Richard J. Crisp

in Social Psychology: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2015
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Aug 2015
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9780191783319
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10.1093/actrade/9780198715511.003.0006
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9780198715511
6. Love and other attractions Abstract The most basic, and perhaps most influential, social relationship of all is the interpersonal relation of attraction and love. As social animals, humans have evolved a biological need to form bonds with others. There is no better demonstration of this than the observation of what happens when affiliation is denied or taken away through ostracism. ‘Love and other attractions’ considers why we are drawn to one another, what determines who we affiliate with, and once we are in love, what determines how we act in that relationship and how satisfying it will be. It
1. A remarkable fact

1. A remarkable fact  

Daniel M. Haybron

in Happiness: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2013
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778575
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199590605.003.0001
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9780199590605
1. A remarkable fact
5. Religion, education, and sexuality

5. Religion, education, and sexuality  

Robert Wokler

in Rousseau: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2001
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775475
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192801982.003.0005
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chapter
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9780192801982
5. Religion, education, and sexuality
6. Love and longing

6. Love and longing  

Elaine Treharne

in Medieval Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2015
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Sep 2015
eISBN: 
9780191782367
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199668496.003.0007
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9780199668496
6. Love and longing
3. Desire

3. Desire  

Ronald de Sousa

in Love: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2015
Published Online: 
Jan 2015
eISBN: 
9780191781353
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199663842.003.0003
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chapter
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9780199663842
3. Desire Abstract Love essentially involves desire. But what is desire? And what sorts of desire are characteristic of love? ‘Desire’ explains that some of the things lovers want are features desirable in any friendly relationship: trust, intimacy, emotional resonance, companionship, concern for one another’s welfare. Erotic love adds more specific desires. The full cycle of desire and pleasure has five stages: (1) desire motivates us to pursue a goal; (2) pursuit secures the object of desire; (3) the object of desire causes pleasure; (4) pleasure triggers the reward mechanism; and (5) that mechanism reinforces the desire. The curse of

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