In his widely acclaimed trilogy The Nature of Love, Irving Singer traced the development of the concept of love in history and literature from the Greeks to the twentieth century. Now in a sequel to his previous work, Singer explores a different approach. A "systematic mapping" of the various facets of love, the present volume is an extended essay that offers a philosophical and psychiatric theory of his own. Rich in insight into literature, the history of ideas, and the complexities of our being, The Pursuit of Love is a thought-provoking inquiry into fundamental aspects of all human relationships.
Irving Singer is professor of philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His many books include the three-volume The Nature of Love, as well as Meaning in Life: The Creation of Value; Mozart and Beethoven: The Concept of Love in their Operas; The Goals of Human Sexuality; and Santayana's Aesthetics.