“De Rougemont introduces the “Tristan Myth” in the first book of Love in the Western World, a work that focuses upon the intellectual and. The author defines this as “”a kind of outline history of the cult of passion”” — and he carries this out on several planes, metaphysical, mystical, legendary, with its.
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Thus, this naturalistic approach is manifested as a belief in weshern without a mediator, for example illustrated in Madame Bovary, in the figure of Rodolphe when seducing Emma Bovary.
Love in the Western World by Denis de Rougemont
By historically narrating the introduction of the concepts of irresistible passionate love or overpowering biological instincts toward sex, de Rougemont demonstrates that these commonplaces notions about love today are hardly absolute, that the repression vs.
Rougemont emphasizes more the influence of literature, while Girard, contrary to De Rougemont, emphasizes literature’s ability to reveal the processes of desire. This is, however, only true rohgemont regards to the great realistic writers. De Rougemont’s understanding of a loveless love is the starting point in Girard’s theory of desire. De Rougemont has, according to Girard, revealed the fundamental content of desire, but his analysis is lacking in structure.
He starts with the striking historical fact that t I got dneis because I have a soft spot for the medieval Provencal poets, This guy starts from an intriguing yet improbably hypothesis about them, and derives from it an explanation of the development of the notion of romantic love from their time until today.
Rougemont then proceeds to bring to the table the concept of love as it has been portrayed in literature through Petrarch, plays by Corneille and Racine, the myths created by Don Juan and Sade and the movement of Romanticism. These early poets, according to de Rougemont, spoke the words of an Eros-centered theology, and it was through this “heresy” that a European vocabulary of mysticism flourished and that Western literature took on a new direction. In a world where love has been perverted into self-love and desire for obstacles, there are no limits for such industries, created in order to avoid real love.
Both are in love with the idea of love. Years wesfern, King Mark determines to marry Iseult and selects Tristan to quest after her on his behalf. Engaging and p Describes how all the traditional elements of our concept of romantic love developed: In other words, life is suffering and so too must love be suffering, a constant pining after what is not It is quite simply stunning that so much of what de Rougemont wrote almost one hundred rlugemont ago applies so perfectly to our contemporary age in — both on the personal and political level.
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The woman glows with her newfound love. A Theory of Love and Sexual Desire. The next time the knight arrives, he is mortally wounded. Rougemont traces the religious origins of the myth in platonism, druidism and manichaeism.
Lost to the outside world, as if dead to every other stimulus, they are not interested in possessing each other. This book offers one of the richest histories of conventional understandings and formulations of love throughout and across the Western tradition. Any activity that sends our dopamine soaring dopamine is the craving, addictive neurochemical. As the obstacles are the result of heretic ideas, and not something concrete and contemporary, De Rougemont will not have brought to the day the mechanism which links myth to mind.
Dorld – – Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
On ‘Love at First Sight’. Aug 01, Gabriel rated it it was amazing. However, I am having my usual trouble making my way through nonfiction.
These early poets, according to de Rougemont, spoke the words of an Eros-centered theology, and it was through this “heresy” that a European vocabulary of mysticism flourished and that Western literature took on a new direction. According to De Rougemont this myth was bound to change the attitude towards adultery in the West, which he sees as materialised as contempt towards marriage. I will certainly come roufemont to it many times in the future.
Love in the Western World strikes at the heart of the western culture, providing answers and challenging our notions regarding a matter still very much relevant to our existence. He starts with the striking historical fact that the troubadours’ notion of unfulfilled idealized love developed in the same time and place as the ascetic and dualistic Cather heresy, and declares that the two must be somehow related. In a highly daring sequence of the book De Rougemont claims word it is especially literature which has affected the European concept of passion, while he dismisses philosophy as a force which has changed European mentality.
Imperialism is seen as a desire without end, a desire to conquer nations because the need for new territories arises.
Eros and Worod Instead of localising this cul de sac of desire in heretic religion, Girard localises it more generally as deviated transcendency. Desire for obstacles is for De Rougemont a subject-object relationship.
Nationalist ardor too is a self-elevation, a narcissistic love on the part of the collective Self…. De Rougemont claims in the end of Love in the Western World that Eros is saved by Agape, meaning that the selfishness in erotic life can be atoned by agape.
Love in the Western World
Le chlore pur est mortel, mais le chlorure de sodium est le sel de nos repas – de nos agapes. The book was recommended to me by Louise Cowan, and so I purchased it deniis months ago, only to place it on my bookshelf until now.
It is all my fault. The paradox is, however, that Girard by and large dismisses originality and autonomy, while his theory is profoundly original.
Denis De Rougemont, Love in the Western World – PhilPapers
De Rougement even mentions that women’s rights probably hurt marriage. Peter Murphy – – Thesis Eleven 72 1: Literature and Desire In a highly daring sequence of the book De Rougemont claims that it is especially literature which has affected the European concept of passion, while he dismisses philosophy as a force which has changed European mentality. In the book, the basis of the study begins with the quintessential Celtic myth of the star-crossed lovers Tristan and Iseult.