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by Allan Bloom

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Allan Bloom
Simon & Schuster; 1st edition (June 1, 1993)
590 pages
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This book,'' begins Bloom, & an attempt to recover the power, the danger, and the beauty of eros under the tutelage of its proper teachers and knowers, the poets.

This book,'' begins Bloom, & an attempt to recover the power, the danger, and the beauty of eros under the tutelage of its proper teachers and knowers, the poets. Bloom looks out on the wreckage of modern social life-the lost marriage of his colleagues, the loveless couplings of his students, the thorough devaluation of domestic life and privacy-and states the obvious fact that something has gone seriously awry.

Love and Friendship dissects Rousseau's invention of Romantic love, meant to provide a new basis for human connection, amid the atomism of bourgeois society, and exposes the reasons for its ultimate failure

Love and Friendship dissects Rousseau's invention of Romantic love, meant to provide a new basis for human connection, amid the atomism of bourgeois society, and exposes the reasons for its ultimate failure. Bloom tells of the Romantics' idea of the sublime and Freud's theory of sublimation. He takes us into the universe of Shakespeare's plays, where love is a natural phenomenon that gives rise to both the brightest hopes and the bitterest conflicts and disappointments. Finally, Bloom offers a fresh reading of the greatest work on eros, Plato's Symposium.

Love and Friendship book. Allan David Bloom was an American philosopher, essayist and academic. Bloom championed the idea of 'Great Books' education, as did his mentor Leo Strauss

Love and Friendship book. 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. Books by Allan Bloom. Mor. rivia About Love and Friendship.

No one can make us love love as much as Shakespeare, and no one can make us despair of it as effectively as he does. A. S. Byatt, Washington Post Book World. William Shakespeare is the only classical author to remain widely popular-not only in America but throughout the world-and Allan Bloom argues that this is because no other writer holds up a truer mirror to human nature. At his death in 1992, Allan Bloom was the John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.

5 Love and Friendship. 7 Bibliography on Allan Bloom. Bloom's last book, which he dictated while in the hospital dying, and which was published posthumously, was Love and Friendship, an offering of interpretations on the meaning of love.

Love in Bloom Series. A sinfully sexy and heartwarming series. Cover Design: Natasha Brown. World literary press. Printed in the united states of america. Friendship on Fire is the sixth book in the Love in Bloom series, and the third book of The Bradens.

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Books'Love and Friendship'. Bloom did not propagate "ultra conservative ideas. Supported by. 'Love and Friendship'. If Ms. Pollitt had paused over the contradiction she herself observed between Bloom's statements about beauty and friendship on the one hand and the ideas of "the family-values crowd" on the other, she might have at least begun to understand the truly radical nature of Bloom's thoughts.

Argues that basic human connections--love and friendship--are withering away, asserting that humans' impoverished feelings are rooted in an impoverished language of love
  • Aurizar
Excellent recording. Only problem is the abridgment. They need to release a complete recording.
It's a great book and those of us who appreciate Bloom's work deserve nothing less.
  • Mitynarit
A brilliant writer and social critic, and known as one of the best Greek scholars of the twentieth century, the author gives in this book his insights and concerns regarding the status of love and friendship as humanity moved closer to the 21st century. As in his earlier writings, the author sometimes is right on target, and at other times dead wrong. Indeed, in the latter case, the author's claims are surprising considering his sometimes considerable insight into American culture.
The author expresses deep regret at the current status of "eros". Science, he says, has reduced love to sex, and the word "love" has been applied to most everything except for the overwhelming attraction of one individual to another. People are too open about sex, he complains, and have lost their "puritanical shame" when discussing it in public. But, he does not substantiate his assertions with any amount of statistics. If he did this, it would make this book a scientific study, and the author believes clearly has a negative attitude about science. It is responsible for getting us into this trouble, e.g. the Kinsey report.
All the talk about "relationships" is not any good either, according to the author. Egalitarianism and individualism have reduced romantic relationships to contractual matters. In addition, the last one hundred years has not seen any great "novelists of love". The current romantic novel is "cheap" and suitable only for housewives. To be a romantic today, he says, is like being a "virgin in a whorehouse", and does not conform to the times. Again though, no statistical support is given. The author shouts loud, and carries a small stick of evidence.
The many unsubstantiated claims in the book are balanced by some of its virtues. The author's use of Rousseau is clever, and his analysis of Julien Sorel, the individualistic rogue of Stendahl's "Red and the Black" is brilliant. In fact, all who love (love?) this novel would benefit greatly from reading the author's opinions of it. He sees correctly that there is a fight between the ancients and the moderns. But what he does not see is that the moderns are clearly winning, but only because of what they have inherited from the ancients.
Far from science demeaning the value of love and sex, it has enhanced it. It has taught us that the imagination is not some uncaused force that comes from outside us, but instead is part of who we are. We in large measure, via our ideas and thoughts, determine its contents. But our brains can shuffle these ideas and thoughts and create ones more interesting, fun, and erotic than what perhaps we intended. The more sophisticated our understanding of our brains, the more we appreciate their workings, and the more intoxicated we become in the free play of our imagination.
Contrary to what the author claims, romance has not been reduced to a contract. Certainly views of marriage have changed as compared to what they were centuries ago. Marriage at that time was typically arranged or thought of as an economic contract, and, most importantly, those kinds of marital arrangements were not frowned upon by those who participated in them. But now love is thought of as more precious, as something not to be tainted by economic considerations. If one is "marrying for money" that is something to be kept hidden, and brings shame to those who admit to it. Indeed, how very different are the views now on marriage! We are now marrying for love, and when compared with the marriages of the 16th century, this is a radical notion.
  • Mall
I have read several of this author's books, most notably, "The Closing of the American Mind". A great book, and the line I remember best is "the essence of Liberalism has always been compassion, but there never has been any doubt as to who will get the compassion, and who will receive it."

And in "Emile..or on education", he wrote that was the most important book ever written in modern times.

But in "Love and Friendship", the author reviews many classics I've never read myself. His commentaries are probably debatable, but for now it's just to much for me. With his other books, it took time for the message to sink in. Maybe it will be with this one, too.
  • Dakora
"Eros" is commonly misinterpreted today as the physical and psychological longing associated the sexual act. Bloom argues that this post-Freudian notion of eros is a dilapidated and impoverished one. "Eros" was not killed merely by Freud, but by his lineage of social scientists, who attempted to de-eroticize "eros" by placing it in the context of meaningless statistics and power-conflict. "Eros" was no longer a romantic notion; it rather became the victim of flakey postmodern and feminist theory that attempted to deconstruct and politicize it. What could be more unromantic than that?
Since it is impoverished from its original Greek meaning, how is it possible to capture the the historical breadth, the romantic essence and the philosophical depth of "eros"? This question represents Bloom's project in 'Love and Friendship.'
'Love and Friendship' analyzes pre-freudian authors of literature who can shed light on the nature of "eros:" Rousseau, Plato, Stendahl, Austen, Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Flaubert. Bloom eschews questionable postmodern hermeneutics (queer theory, feminism, etc.) of these works. Instead, he employs textualist (or literalist) hermeneutics in unfolding the true meaning of these works. To be sure, just as no one photograph can tell us what a table truly looks like, no one author reveals the true essence of "eros." However, many different photographs shed light on the various dimensions of a table, just as a textual analysis of great literature gives us a truer philosophical understanding of romantic love.
This book is a gem. Bloom, who lashes out at the animalism of postmodernity in his seminal 'Closing', extends his project by engaging politicized literary theory on their own turf. However, unlike 'Closing,' this book is not aimed at the ill-read. It would be more prudent for one to read first some of the works analyzed in this book. (e.g. Red and Black, Anna Karenina, Emile, Symposium, Pride and Prejudice, Antony and Cleopatra, etc.) Such background reading is requisite to appreciate and criticize Bloom's analysis.
  • Xisyaco
Bloom uses the term eros broadly, to cover all forms of the longing for completion--from the love of a beautiful beloved to the love of wisdom. Ranging broadly over the history of Western literature and philosophy, he also goes deep. For each book he covers, he provides a detailed summary that effectively introduces the book to the new reader, along with commentary that illuminates the book's contribution to our ideas of love, friendship, and what they and we can be at our best. I have reservations about Bloom's treatment of Nietzsche, whom he discusses briefly here and there. But having read almost all of the books he covers in full-length chapters, I find those chapters faithful to their spirit. The section on Shakespeare has been published separately, but the others are equally good. The concluding chapters on Montaigne and Plato are especially striking in the clarity and force with which they present these authors' challenge to conventional notions about living well.