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The Meaning of Love


Vladimir Solovyov Introduction by Owen Barfield

128 pp.  
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

Lindisfarne Books

Paperback

$20.00
Published:  October 1985

978-0-940262-18-8


  • "The meaning and worth of love as a feeling is that it really forces us, with all our being, to acknowledge for another the same absolute significance that, because of the power of egoism, we are conscious of only in our own selves. Love is important, not only as one of our feelings but as the transfer of all our interest in life from ourselves to another, as the shifting of the very center of our lives.... The meaning of human love, speaking generally, is the justification and salvation of individuality through the sacrifice of egoism. On this general basis we can also...explain the meaning of sexual love" —Vladimir Solovyov

What is the meaning of love's intense emotion? Solovyov points to the spark of divinity that we see in another human being and shows how this "living ideal of Divine love, antecedent to our love, contains in itself the secret of the idealization of our love."

According to Solovyov, love between men and women has a key role to play in the mystical transfiguration of the world. Love, which allows one person to find unconditional completion in another, becomes an evolutionary strategy for overcoming cosmic disintegration.

  • “Solovyov’s book, I would dare say, IS the philosophy of love. Solovyov’s arguments are engaging, to say the least: engaging the intellect, but also the depths of the reader's being. You can't say that about many books. The highest praise I can offer is that The Meaning of Love is the only modern book I know of that is worthy of its subject in every respect.” —David Fiedler, Gnosis magazine


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