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Confessions of Love

The Ambiguities of Greek "Eros</I> and Latin "Caritas</I>

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Edited By Craig J. N. de Paulo, Bernhardt Blumenthal and Catherine Conroy de Paulo

Confessions of Love: The Ambiguities of Greek ‘Eros’ and Latin ‘Caritas’ includes a collection of essays by internationally renowned scholars such as Phillip Cary, Roland Teske, and Leonid Rudnytzky, tackling some historic, controversial «confessions» of love. Inspired by the Augustinian tradition, this volume focuses on the ambiguous nature of love, especially with regard to some of the conflicting aspects of Greek eros and its ancient Latin rival, caritas, in great thinkers like Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Marsilio Ficino, Freud, and Max Scheler. This volume will be of interest to humanities, philosophy, theology, history, and classics departments seeking a new way to approach the Western tradition through the historic controversy in the West over eros and caritas. Finally, its focus on the retrieval and disclosure of sensuality and eroticism in these great texts will also be of special interest to postmodernism and hermeneutics.

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Acknowledgments……………………………………………....……ix Foreword Craig J. N. de Paulo…………………………………………….……..xi Introduction Craig J. N. de Paulo and Leonid Rudnytzky………...……….……..1 The Ambiguity of Love in Augustine of Hippo Roland J. Teske, S.J….……………………… …………………..……16 Love and Tears: Augustine’s Project of Loving without Losing Phillip Cary………………………………………………….…..…….39 Love Lost and Found: The Ambiguities of Amor, Caritas and Concupiscentia in St. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae Patrick A. Messina…...................................................…….................55 Marsilio Ficino’s Neoplatonic Ascent of the Soul in Relation to his Augustinian Notion of Friendship Catherine Conroy de Paulo…...............................…….………….…74 Francisco Gómez de Quevedo y Villegas: How Laughter Re- places Eros in “Apolo siguidendo a Dafne” Luis Gomez……….………………………………………….…...…...91 •CONFESSIONS OF LOVE•viii The Ambiguity of Eros in Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice and Other Writings Bernhardt Blumenthal….……………………………………....…...106 Eros and Ambiguity in Ukrainian Literature: The Case of Ivan Franko (1856-1916) Leonid Rudnytzky……………………………...…………………...113 Divided Loyalties: Eros and Ambiguity in Freud; Attempts at Resolution and their Discontents Bruce Lapenson……………………………………………..…….....140 A Deceptive Ambiguity: Revisiting Scheler’s Philosophy of Love and Religious Activity Thomas Carroll……………………………………………………....156 A Mystagogical Ascent of Love: A Spiritual Reflection on the Sensuality of the Byzantine Divine Liturgy Craig J. N. de Paulo.……………………………………….………..209 Eros’ Ambiguity: A Philosophical History of Male Love Pieter Adriaens………………………………………………………220 Index……………………………………………………...…………..241

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