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In The Name of Love: Romantic ideology and its victims

Aaron Ben-Ze'ev and Ruhama Goussinsky


Everyone longs for the ideal love, but as the song goes, love hurts. This book is about the romantic ideology of love and the ironic dangers that goes with it. The chapters argue that romantic ideology implies extreme behavior. Love is generally considered a moral, altruistic, and well-intentioned emotion; however, this idealized notion of love is far from realistic. People have committed the most horrific crimes in the name of the altruistic ideals of religion and love. Even if popular media depicts that love is all we need, recent statistics in the United States show a remarkable number of t ... More

Keywords: love, romantic ideology, moral, altruist, crime, depression, suicide, divorce, totalitarianism, extremism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780198566496
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198566496.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aaron Ben-Ze'ev, author
President, and Professor of Philosophy, University of Haifa, Israel

Ruhama Goussinsky, author
Lecturer, Human Service Department, Emek Yezreel College, Afula, Israel