Download PDF by Kathleen O'Dwyer: The Possibility of Love: An Interdisciplinary Analysis

By Kathleen O'Dwyer

ISBN-10: 1443813877

ISBN-13: 9781443813877

'The danger of Love' is an exploration of an idea with reference to the human middle. Grounded within the traditional, daily stories of human residing, the e-book presents an exploration of the various stumbling blocks to the event of affection, the implications of love's absence, and the unquenchable hope for romance which propels, affects and eventually motivates a lot of human behaviour. "The hazard of Love" poses the query: is love really attainable among humans, or is it an awesome, a delusion, an phantasm, or a comforting aspiration which permits a palliative denial and distortion of the truth of individual? This expansive query is approached via an interdisciplinary research. the writer addresses the query of love's probability because it is explored in a variety of literature from the disciplines of philosophy, psychoanalysis and poetry. The interdisciplinary nature of the learn relies at the statement of an interconnection among the 3 disciplines, and that this interconnection allows a different and insightful exploration of the query of love's probability. hence, the query is explored from varied view-points, and in addition from assorted time-frames; convergences and divergences are famous and mentioned, and conclusions are drawn from the consequent findings. The booklet is basically a philosophical research of an emotion that considerably affects on human event. It attests to the progressively expanding acknowledgement of the facility of emotional event within the look for wisdom, knowledge and fact. therefore, it's a uniquely sincere exploration of human nature in modern instances.

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Under the influence of established institutions such as Church, state, and the prevalent conventions of legal and penal systems, these values have been replaced by euphonic qualities; humility, service, pity, sacrifice, and self-effacement are now established as the ideal components of love and goodness, and are encouraged as essential guidelines in the living of a good life. Nietzsche rejects this diminishment of life as it is: “all those aspirations to go beyond, to that which is contrary to the senses, contrary to the instincts, contrary to nature, contrary to the animal…libel the world” (Nietzsche, 1998: 65).

23 Nietzsche’s assertion that “will to power” is the basic driving force of human life, and his description of this drive as a ceaseless striving to overcome all that resists it, bears a strong relevance to Freud’s reflections on the competing motivations of the pleasure principle, the reality principle, and the death drive. The pleasure principle, according to Freud, is motivated, at least in part, by the desired avoidance of pain, and thus seeks an equilibrium of minimum resistance, but this is countered by an opposing drive which is never quite satisfied with the ensuing stagnation congruent with this state.

In his despair at the ability of the enlightenment and of modern science to answer the most fundamental human questions, Nietzsche arrived at his provocative doctrine of the eternal return of the same…with this doctrine he wanted to show how in the face of absolute hopelessness we must learn to be resolute…what he demanded of us was genuine morality (Gadamer, 1996: 160). Gadamer’s response to Nietzsche suggests the crucial necessity of a personal morality, and this acknowledgement of the sovereignty of the self is intrinsic to the possibility of love.

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