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False Pleasures and Romantic Love

False Pleasures and Romantic Love

Chapter:
(p.107) Chapter 4 False Pleasures and Romantic Love
Source:
Spinoza and the Cunning of Imagination
Author(s):
Eugene Garver
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226575735.003.0005

Chapter 4 explores a specific pathology of the human imagination, that of romantic love. The cunning of imagination appears here: romantic love is a parody of devotion to God. In contrast to the universal creed of the TTP, which is a set of imaginative ideas that bring people together in a community of justice and charity, romantic love is not a stepping-stone to such devotion but a distraction from it. People have a more powerful imagination than other beings, but that power does not always benefit those who possess it. That is why ethical progress will never be smooth.

Keywords:   romantic love, pleasure, pain

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