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Existentialism and Romantic Love Unsurprisingly Existentialism and Romantic Love reads as an academic work which isn't a criticism as much as an acknowledgement Skye Cleary examines romantic love through the lens of 5 Existentialist philosophers Striner Kierkegaard Nietzsche Sartre and de Beauvior Cleary weaves passages of their works along with autobiographical details that help compare theory against practice getting beyond their abstract ideas and into their experience or lack thereof of love as real men and womenWhat's surprising is how this focus on Romantic Love creates a great window into the broader thinking of these philosophers and how their existentialism connected or alienated them from others For a philosophy often characterized as selfish it was fascinating to see how these thinkers balanced the desire of romantic love against their struggle for authenticity All in all a satisfying read with the general caveat of most philosophical works that it uncovers uestions than answers for lots of good pondering after the text A fascinating work in which Dr Skye Cleary examines the ideals of romantic loving and argues that existentialism applied to romantic loving helps both the lover and the beloved to escape these traditional and preconceived ideals enabling them to forge relationships that reinforce their personal authentic selvesDr Cleary does this wonderfully through the study of five existential philosophers over five chaptersMax Stirner and Loving EgoisticallySoreness Kierkegaard and Loving AestheticallyFriedrich Nietzsche and Loving PowerfullyJean Paul Satre and Loving SadomasochisticallySimone de Beauvoir and Loving Authentically I suffered through the truisms this book threw at me An endless row of inconseuential theories of fruitless search This existential study of romantic loving draws on five existential philosophers to offer insights into what is wrong with our everyday ideas about romantic loving why reality often falls short of the ideal what can be done to overcome frustrations and disappointments and possibilities for creating authentically meaningful relationships Skye Cleary argues that existential philosophies reveal to us the notion that once lovers free themselves from preconceived ideals about how romantic lovers ought to behave and free themselves from being slaves to their passions they will be free to create relationships that complement and enhance their personal authentic endeavors Existential thinking lends itself well to the problems of love since it turns abstract thought into dealing with concrete human experiences and relationship dilemmas It provides the narrative to explore the space between the ideals of romantic loving and the compromises and sacrifices lovers make in order to try to achieve those ideals Moreover the issues that the existential thinkers deal with – choice responsibility anxiety authenticity freedom and power – are timeless

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