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The Meaning of Love: Second Edition is a text that covers various aspects pertaining to love. There are 37 Chapters that covers topics including emotions and feelings, interdependence, infatuation, sex, rejection, and jealousy. Each chapter... read more
The Meaning of Love: Second Edition is a text that covers various aspects pertaining to love. There are 37 Chapters that covers topics including emotions and feelings, interdependence, infatuation, sex, rejection, and jealousy. Each chapter highlights learning objectives, a video applying the concept covered in the chapter, key takeaways, key terms, and chapter review questions. There is a well-organized Table of Contents and Glossary. This text highlights many of the author's claims and opinions, and is written in the first person. There are many contemporary areas of love that are not addressed. I would not characterize this text as an academic reading, but some chapters may be interesting as supplemental material.
The information presented in the text is appropriate. However, this text is limited in citations, and the most recent citation is 1988. The text largely expresses the author's opinions, and is written from a philosophical standpoint. Key elements from disciples including Communication and Sociology are absent.
Some information presented is contemporary and relevant (for example, the video clips), but the citations are limited and dated.
The text is clear and avoids jargon and technical terminology. At times there are run-on sentences that can be difficult to follow.
This text is consistent in terms of terminology and framework.
The chapters of this text are short and easy to move through. Additional use of subheadings, sections, and/or bullet-points would enhance the readability of this text.
The chapters within this text are well-organized and the content flows in a logical manner.
There are some spacing issues throughout the book that can be slightly distracting. For example, there are some paragraphs that are split into two paragraphs mid-sentence. Another example is that there are some paragraphs blocked out appropriately and others that have no space between it and the prior paragraph.
The grammar throughout the text is free of errors, but some sentences are difficult to follow.
This text provides some examples of love in different races, ethnicities, and backgrounds. It is not culturally insensitive or offensive.
As a Communication scholar who studies close, personal relationships and regularly teaches courses pertaining to love and intimacy (i.e., Interpersonal Communication, Relational Communication), I don't think I would use this text in my class.
Table of Contents
Dedication and Acknowledgements
A Note Concerning Grammar
- Chapter 1 Personal Versus Professional Relationships
- Chapter 2 Love, Some Popular Views
- Chapter 3 The Three Important Aspects of Relationships
- Chapter 4 The Emotional Aspect— Feelings
- Chapter 5 The Satisfaction Aspect
- Chapter 6 The Goodness and Badness (Ethical) Aspect
- Chapter 7 Independence of the Three Aspects of Relationships
- Chapter 8 The Meaning of Love
- Chapter 9 Infatuation, Friendship, and Love
- Chapter 10 Love at First Sight
- Chapter 11 Importance of Various (Kinds of) Satisfactions
- Chapter 12 Sex and Love
- Chapter 13 A Kiss Is Just a Kiss — The Impossibility of Sexual Communication
- Chapter 14 Being Loved For Yourself
- Chapter 15 Loving More Than One Person At the Same Time
- Chapter 16 Commitment and Loving More Than One Person
- Chapter 17 Rejection and Acceptance
- Chapter 18 Care and Concern
- Chapter 19 Love and Marriage
- Chapter 20 The Future of a Relationship
- Chapter 21 Love and Change and Rational Prediction
- Chapter 22 Jealousy
- Chapter 23 Independence and Sharing
- Chapter 24 “Meaningful” Relationships
- Chapter 25 Introduction to Ethics
- Chapter 26 Ethics — Seeking to Discover What the Highest Principles of Behavior and the Things of Greatest Value Are
- Chapter 27 Modification of the Analysis of Love
- Chapter 28 Good “For” and Good “To”
- Chapter 29 Ethical Principles and Spontaneity
- Chapter 30 Ethics and Sex
- Chapter 31 Sex and Intimacy
- Chapter 32 Relationships After Sex
- Chapter 33 Problems of the Inexperienced
- Chapter 34 On Being Used
- Chapter 35 The Causes of Feelings
- Chapter 36 Some Other Writers on Love
- Chapter 37 Some Personal Comments and Notions of a More Intuitive Nature
About the Book
This book explores the philosophical views on the meaning of love. The text explores a variety of topics used to define love, including attraction, relationship satisfaction, emotional, and ethical considerations. The author takes a rational, logical, analytic, and scrutinizing look at experiences and other forms of literature on the subject of love.
About the Contributors
Richard Garlikov is a Professor in the Humanities department at Troy University, Montgomery, AL.