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Singer, Irving

Works: 77 works in 419 publications in 4 languages and 23,161 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Motion pictures 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: BD436, 128.3
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Most widely held works about Irving Singer
Most widely held works by Irving Singer
The nature of love by Irving Singer( Book )

26 editions published between 1966 and 2009 in English and held by 1,103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Begins by studying love as appraisal and bestowal as well as imagination and idealization. Then examines the contrasting views of Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, Ovid, Lucretius, Saint Augustine, Saint Thomas Aquinas, and Martin Luther. After having described the nature of erotic idealization, Singer analyzes the religious idealization in Judeo-Christian concepts of eros, philia, nomos, and agapē. Medieval Catholicism sought to combine these four ideas of love in the "caritas synthesis." Luther repudiated that attempt on the grounds that love exists only in God's agapastic bestowal of unlimited goodness upon humanity and all of nature. In relation to the different modes of theorizing, Singer explores the humanistic implications of each"-- Publishers website
Meaning in life : the creation of value by Irving Singer( Book )

18 editions published between 1991 and 2010 in English and Japanese and held by 727 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The nearest thing to a rational discernment of meaning in life, Irvin Singer suggests, is the discernment of goals and values that we can find gratification and fulfillment in pursuing. He offers wise counsel to that end, along with rewarding glimpses into a wide range of literature
Mozart & Beethoven : the concept of love in their operas by Irving Singer( Book )

15 editions published between 1977 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 699 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three philosophical filmmakers : Hitchcock, Welles, Renoir by Irving Singer( Book )

12 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 677 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Singer's account reveals Hitchcock, Welles, and Renoir to be not only consummate artists and inspired craftsmen but also sophisticated theorists of film and its place in human experience. They left behind numerous essays, articles, and interviews in which they discuss the nature of their own work as well as more extensive issues. Singer draws on their writings, as well as their movies, to show the pervasive importance of what they did as dedicated filmmakers."--Jacket
Santayana's aesthetics by Irving Singer( Book )

20 editions published between 1957 and 1973 in English and Undetermined and held by 645 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

George Santayana, literary philosopher by Irving Singer( Book )

15 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 632 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"George Santayana, for almost sixty years before his death in 1952, combined literary and philosophical talents, writing not only important works of philosophy but also a best-selling novel, volumes of poetry, and much literary criticism. In this portrait of Santayana's thought and complex personality, Irving Singer explores the full range of his harmonization of the literary and the philosophical." "Singer shows how Santayana's genius consisted in his imaginative ability to turn various types of personal alienation into creative elements that recur throughout his books. Singer points out that Santayana was a professional philosopher who addressed immediate problems of existence, a materialist in philosophy who believed in both a life of spirit and a life of reason, a product of American pragmatism who nevertheless rebelled against it, a Spaniard who wrote only in English, an American author who spent the last forty years of his life in different European countries. Against the grain of most twentieth-century philosophy, Santayana kept in view questions that matter to us all in our search for meaningful and satisfying lives."--Jacket
Philosophy of love : a partial summing-up by Irving Singer( Book )

9 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and Turkish and held by 602 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1984 philosopher Irving Singer published the first volume of what would become a classic and much-acclaimed trilogy, The Nature of Love. In this new book, he maps the trajectory of his thinking on love." "It is a "partial" summing-up of a lifework: partial because it expresses the author's still unfolding views, and because love - like any subject of that magnitude - resists a neatly comprehensive, all-inclusive formulation. Adopting an informal, even conversational, tone, Singer discusses, among other topics, the history of romantic love; the Platonic ideal; courtly and nineteenth-century Romantic love; the nature of passion; the concept of merging (and his critique of it); ideas about love in Freud, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Dewey, Santayana, Sartre, and other writers; and love in relation to democracy, existentialism, creativity, and the possible future of scientific investigation."--Jacket
The pursuit of love by Irving Singer( Book )

20 editions published between 1994 and 2010 in English and held by 588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his widely acclaimed trilogy, The Nature of Love, Irving Singer traced the development of the concept of love in history and literature from the Greeks to the twentieth century. Now, in a sequel to his previous work, Singer offers a different approach. A "systematic mapping" of the various facets of love, the present volume is an extended essay that offers a philosophical and psychiatric theory of his own. From sexual love to religious love, from love of parents and children to love of friends and peers, from love of self to love of other creatures, nature, or God, The Pursuit of Love is wide-ranging and authoritative. Singer explores the distinction between wanting to love and wanting to be loved. He examines love as merging and love as acceptance of another's uniqueness and autonomy. And he discusses attempts by various thinkers to differentiate between phenomena such as passion and reason, love and civilization, and animal and human love. In mapping and exploring this diversity of concepts, Singer explains, his role throughout remains that of a humanistic philosopher rather than counselor or problem-solver. Rich in insight into literature, the history of ideas, and the complexities of our being, The Pursuit of Love is a thought-provoking inquiry into fundamental aspects of all human relationships
Reality transformed : film as meaning and technique by Irving Singer( Book )

13 editions published in 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 529 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Reality Transformed Irving Singer offers a new approach to the philosophy of film. Returning to the classical debate between realists and formalists, he shows how the opposing positions may be harmonized and united. He accepts the realist claim that films somehow "capture" reality, but agrees with the formalist belief that they transform it. Extending his earlier work on meaning in art and life, he suggests that the meaningfulness of movies derives from techniques that re-create reality in the process of presenting it to viewers who have learned how to appreciate the aesthetics of cinematic transformation
The nature of love : Plato to Luther by Irving Singer( Book )

4 editions published in 1966 in English and held by 508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ingmar Bergman, cinematic philosopher : reflections on his creativity by Irving Singer( Book )

15 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 481 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This title covers the development of themes, motifs, and techniques in Bergman's films, from the first intimations in the early work to the consummate resolutions in the final movies.Known for their repeating motifs and signature tropes, the films of Ingmar Bergman also contain extensive variation and development. In these reflections on Bergman's artistry and thought, Irving Singer discerns distinctive themes in Bergman's filmmaking, from first intimations in the early work to consummate resolutions in the later movies. Singer demonstrates that while Bergman's output is not philosophy on celluloid, it attains an expressive and purely aesthetic truthfulness that can be considered philosophical in a broader sense.Through analysis of both narrative and filmic effects, Singer probes Bergman's mythmaking and his reliance upon the magic inherent in his cinematic techniques. Singer traces throughout the evolution of Bergman's ideas about life and death, and about the possibility of happiness and interpersonal love. In the overtly self-referential films that he wrote or directed (The Best Intentions, Fanny and Alexander, Sunday's Children) as well as the less obviously autobiographical ones (including Wild Strawberries, The Seventh Seal, and the triad that begins with Through a Glass Darkly) Bergman investigates problems in his existence and frequently reverts to childhood memories. In such movies as Smiles of a Summer Night, Scenes from a Marriage, and Saraband, Bergman draws upon his mature experience and depicts the troubled relationships between men who are often weak and women who are made to suffer by the damaged men with whom they live.In Persona, Cries and Whispers, and other works, his experiments with the camera are uniquely masterful. Inspecting the panorama of Bergman's art, Singer shows how the endless search for human contact motivates the content of his films and reflects Bergman's profound perspective on the world
The goals of human sexuality by Irving Singer( Book )

11 editions published between 1972 and 1976 in English and Dutch and held by 454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Cinematic mythmaking : philosophy in film by Irving Singer( Book )

17 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mythological themes, Singer writes, perform a crucial role in cinematic art and even philosophy itself."
Modes of creativity : philosophical perspectives by Irving Singer( Book )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this philosophical exploration of creativity, the author describes the many different types of creativity and their varied manifestations within and across all the arts and sciences. His approach is pluralistic rather than abstract or dogmatic. His reflections amplify recent discoveries in cognitive science and neurobiology by aligning them with the aesthetic, affective, and phenomenological framework of experience and behavior that characterizes the human quest for meaning
The harmony of nature and spirit by Irving Singer( Book )

12 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosophical thinking has traditionally decreed that the human condition is split into two realms of being: nature and spirit - the one physical and psychological; the other an inherently transcendent dimension that exceeds the natural. Irving Singer finds this distinction unacceptable. Preceded by The Creation of Value and The Pursuit of Love, this final book in Singer's Meaning in Life trilogy argues that separating nature and the life of spirit not only precludes an understanding of how consciousness, awareness of value, and the pursuit of ideal possibilities originate in nature but also masks the discovery of how experience can be both meaningful and a source of happiness. Studying the interaction between nature and spirit, Singer examines the ways in which we may resolve our sense of being divided and thereby overcome the suffering in life. He speculates about concepts of happiness, play, acceptance of mere existence, and the need to live in unity with nature
Sex : a philosophical primer by Irving Singer( Book )

10 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This unified conception of sexuality as a coming together of the appetitive and interpersonal drives then becomes the basis for his remarks about the relative value of individual sex acts, as well as their place within the aesthetic and moral dimension of human nature."--Jacket
Feeling and imagination : the vibrant flux of our existence by Irving Singer( Book )

6 editions published between 2001 and 2006 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explorations in love and sex by Irving Singer( Book )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Beginning with a discussion of Kant, Schopenhauer, and others about the morality of sex and the morality of compassion, Explorations in Love and Sex offers a panoramic view of the philosophy of love from its beginnings in Plato to the present. It examines the nature and limitations of sexual pluralism and elaborates on Irving Singer's earlier ideas about appraisal and bestowal. The book takes both a philosophical and historical approach and is also addressed to the lay reader who wants to understand the curious set of emotions called love."--Jacket
The nature of love. the modern world by Irving Singer( Book )

26 editions published between 1987 and 2009 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This third volume of the author's trilogy 'The Nature of Love' examines the pervasive dialectic between optimistic idealism and pessimistic realism in modern thinking about the nature of love. The author offers detailed studies of Freud, Proust, Shaw, D.H. Lawrence, and Santayana, and maps the ideas about love in Continental existentialism, particularly those of Sartre and de Beauvoir
The creation of value by Irving Singer( Book )

13 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in English and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Irving Singer Amerikaans filosoof (1925-2015)

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Meaning in life : the creation of valueMozart & Beethoven : the concept of love in their operasThree philosophical filmmakers : Hitchcock, Welles, RenoirGeorge Santayana, literary philosopherPhilosophy of love : a partial summing-upThe pursuit of loveReality transformed : film as meaning and techniqueIngmar Bergman, cinematic philosopher : reflections on his creativity