What Love Is

  • by Carrie Jenkins
  • Narrated by Carrie Jenkins
  • 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What is love? Aside from being the title of many a popular love song, this is one of life's perennial questions. In What Love Is, philosopher Carrie Jenkins offers a bold new theory on the nature of romantic love that reconciles its humanistic and scientific components. Love can be a social construct (the idea of a perfect fairy-tale romance) and a physical manifestation (those anxiety-inducing heart palpitations); we must recognize its complexities and decide for ourselves how to love. Motivated by her own polyamorous relationships, she examines the ways in which our parameters of love have recently changed - to be more accepting of homosexual, interracial, and nonmonogamous relationships - and how they will continue to evolve in the future. Full of anecdotal, cultural, and scientific reflections on love, What Love Is is essential listening for anyone seeking to understand what it means to say "I love you". Whether young or old, gay or straight, male or female, polyamorous or monogamous, this audiobook will help each of us decide for ourselves how we choose to love.

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What Philosophy Is and What It Could Be

What Love Is and What It Could Be is a much needed essay by a contemporary philosopher toward an outline of a theory of romantic love.  

As an analytic philosopher Jenkins is not satisfied with what she refers to as the "romantic mystique", a kind of halo that has been placed around the topic of love that discourages examination. In this book the author lifts that shroud and in the process, shows us that our notions of romantic love are long overdue for questioning.  


The theory of romantic love Dr. Jenkins outlines is balanced and inclusive. While the book is ostensibly a defense of polyamory, (the approach to romantic love that supports multiple partners), Jenkin's theory of love embraces heteronormative realationships (traditional heterosexual, monogamous) and others as well.  While this book will undoubtedly be very popular with polyamorists, it contains plenty of interest for the thoughtful heteronormative listener open to questioning their basic assumptions about romantic love, where it comes from, and where it might take us.

An added bonus is the fact that this book is read by the author herself. Those who appreciate philosophical audiobooks will be all too familiar with the aggravation of listening to a book read by someone with a very impressive voice and a tragic lack of understanding of the text. This book is not affected by that problem and listeners will find that it's enjoyment is greatly enhanced by Dr. Jenkins thoughtful reading.




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So good!

Well researched and very smart. I highly recommend this for anyone wanting to dig in deeper to what love is (and what it could be).
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- Sad Sledder

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-03-2017
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC