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The Summons of Love

Mari Ruti


We are conditioned to think that love heals wounds, makes us happy, and gives our lives meaning. When the opposite occurs and love causes fracturing, disenchantment, and existential turmoil, we suffer deeply, especially if we feel that love has failed us or that we have failed to experience what others seem so effortlessly to enjoy. This book portrays love as a much more complex, multifaceted phenomenon than we tend to appreciate—an experience that helps us encounter the depths of human existence. Love's ruptures are as important as its triumphs, and sometimes love succeeds because it fails. A ... More

Keywords: love, interpersonal ethics, human interiority, ethical accountability, romantic behavior, relational choices

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780231158169
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231158169.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mari Ruti, author
University of Toronto, St. George Campus