The Anatomy of Love

Broj 2 - Godina 7 - 06/2017

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In All About Love: New Visions, bell hooks observes that we are constantly exposed to messages telling us that the workings of love are mysterious and its agency unfathomable; that love is, in other words, only invaluable if it remains unexplained and unknowable. hooks argues that knowledge is a crucial element of love and that understanding its forces does not detract from its importance and value; on the contrary, it enriches the experience of love. More recently, Alain Badiou has in In Praise of Love similarly claimed that love is a ‘truth procedure,’ the kind of experience through which the truth about Two is constructed...

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Taj mi je tip htio pokazati nešto tajno. Nešto zapanjujuće. Prema onome što mi je rekao, bio je to još neotkriven temelj kršćanstva. Tisućljećima najstrože čuvana tajna Crkve, as iz rukava koji još nije odigrala. Zaintrigiralo me. Odveo me u svojevrstan sanktuarij, koji je smrdio po vlazi, pa iz ormara s velikim ladicama stao vaditi relikvije u obliku čvrsto smotanih, požutjelih svežnjeva. Zatim ih je poslagao jedan pokraj drugog, kad gle – iz njih iziđe Djevica Marija. Moram priznati da me zapanjilo. Dogovorili smo spoj, našli se i prošetali po suncu i hladovini. Bila je ljubazna, nismo baš ćaskali, nego se više povezivali pomoću nasumičnih riječi koje su nas tjerale da se smješkamo i pogledavamo jedno drugo. Ali ono što me se najviše dojmilo: ona uopće nije bila povijesna ličnost, nije bila sveta, ni pobožna, ni odjevena u halju! Bila je obična djevojka. Nije se bojala i rado se smijala. Razumjeli smo se. Dok je hodala, donji dio leđa blago bi joj se izvio u nježan luk, i bila je lijepa i prilično moderna. Zbog zaigranog koraka stopala u sandalama bila su joj prašnjava, pomalo je i vukla noge, a kad bi zastala, nožnim bi prstima čeprkala po zemlji. Dok smo šetali, bio sam zadivljen: bila je to Djevica Marija, Kristova majka, glavom i bradom, premda, naravno, iz mlađih dana. Pa ipak, kakav uspjeh za Crkvu! Kad sam čitao rimsku književnost iz doba prije Krista, sjećam se, učinila mi se zabavnom i modernom – i znao sam da bi takva mogla biti i ona. Moderna. I zabavna. ...

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Love has traditionally been understood either as an objective, transcendentforce, or a subjective ability. Through a number of steps,the article argues that both these options have lost their credibility due to changes in the media through which love is performed. First, the article demonstrates how the attempts,in the life sciences, to explain love biologically or physically reproduce a traditional romantic ideology. Then, the implications of the inflation of explicit love declarations, and the consequences of internet dating, are discussed. What these examples amount to is the fact that the medium is brought to the fore. A consequence of this is that the romantic ideology is strengthened, while the premises of romantic love – the autonomous subject and the transcendent objectivity – are weakened or even dissolved.Keywords:idealism, materialism, narcissism, subjectivity, reification,internet dating, controlJennifer Lopez, Haddaway, Howard Jones – yes, virtually every singer, author,or philosopher since Sappho and Platohave raised the same question: What is love? This endless recurrence may be taken as a sign both of the aptness and inaptness of the question. The huge amount of answers makes it impossible to say anything that hasn’t already been said. Every love song is a cliché from the outset. On the other hand, the fact that the question keeps coming up over and over again, points to the endurance of the experience of or longing for love, and hence to the inevitability of the issue....

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Francuski medievalist i jedan od najznačajnijih povjesničara Europe, sad već pokojni Jacques Le Goff, napisao je knjižicu pod naslovom Treba li povijest zaista dijeliti na razdoblja? Većina ljudi ne promišlja o ovom pitanju, a da nije samo riječ o problemu koji ostaje na margini svakodnevnog života svjedoče i podatci da mnogi povjesničari nisu svjesni ovog pitanja što je utjelovljeno u studijskim programima koji su podijeljeni kronološki po razdobljima i oformljeni po vremenskom slijedu, posebno u Hrvatskoj. Le Goff ide korak naprijed pokazujući zašto je promišljanje o vremenu jedno od temeljnih pitanja povijesne znanosti.Knjižica od 124 stranice sastavljena je od sljedećih osam ključnih poglavlja: Stare periodizacije, Kasna pojava srednjeg vijeka, Povijest, obrazovanje, periodi, Rođenje renesanse, Renesansa danas, Srednji vijek postaje mračno doba, Dugi srednji vijek, Periodizacija i globalizacija. Knjiga započinje Predgovorom i Uvodom, a nakon ovih osam poglavlja slijedi Izabrana bibliografija, Zahvale i O autoru....

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This article aims to give a psychological interpretation to Alain de Botton’s novels On Love and The Course of Love, doubling the philosophical take on love that runs in the background of the novels. Robert Sternberg’s triangular theory of love will be applied to de Botton’s two novels, in an attempt to reach an understanding of love by means of psychological deconstruction, following the dynamic of the three components of the love triangle: passion, intimacy and decision \ commitment. References will also be made to Sternberg’s complementary theories on love, i.e. the theory that conceptualizes love as a story and the theory of love as a socio-cultural artefact.Key words: love, psychology, triangular theory, love story, cultureAlain de Botton’s book On Love, presented to the readers as a novel telling the love story of Chloe and the narrator, is a full-circle account that unfolds between two plane flights: on the first flight, from Paris to London, the two future lovers are seated one next to the other, and they meet and fall in love; the reverse flight, from Paris to London, takes the couple back home from a trip and ends with their break-up. The exact punctuation of the beginning and end of the romantic relationship is symptomatic of the whole structure of the book. The clearly delineated chapters and paragraphs correspond to as many moments in the couple’s relationship, thus allowing us to recreate with accuracy the milestones of their love story. The mere story-telling is doubled by the narrator’s voice that disassembles every event up to its inner detailed parts and deliversthe thoughts and rationale behind his actions. The reader is not left to guess, but discovers actively, together with the narrator, a keenly performed radiography of love. ...

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