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The Summons of Love$
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Mari Ruti

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231158169

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231158169.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
The Summons of Love

Mari Ruti

Columbia University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the implications of love in the concept of existence, life, and immortality. Romantic love summons people to become better and more interesting versions of themselves. It speaks to the dimensions of their being that chafe against the mundane edges of everyday existence. Although much of life entails a gradual process of coming to terms with the limitations imposed by mortality, love boldly pursues the immortal, more wonderful kind of life. However, love cannot grant immortality. But to the extent that it opposes the undertow of everything that is trite or prosaic about the world, it touches transcendence and divinity, and ensures that the people will not completely lose contact with the beauty of life.

Keywords:   love, life, immortality, existence, mortality, transcendence, divinity

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