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On Love and Friendship

by: Manashi Dasgupta

This book revolves around the insight that exchanging feelings and thoughts with friends, in the light-hearted style of open conversations but with the seriousness that only informality can underwrite, is a uniquely valuable mode of exploring questions; it alone nurtures the growth of personal accountability.

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ISBN: 9788124608227
Year Of Publication: 2015
Edition: 1st Edition
Pages : xx, 129p.
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23
Weight: 400

Overview

This book studies the constitutive role of friendship as a factor contributing to the environment required for serious discussion between accountable adults to take place. The context for this study is a vision that identifies an anti-hierarchical imagination as a prerequisite for democracy and seeks to fashion an institutional format based on friendship, outside patriarchy. This India-focused study, which draws on philosophy, literary/historical analysis, psychological theory and fieldwork, revolves around the insight that exchanging feelings and thoughts with friends, in the light-hearted style of open conversations but with the seriousness that only informality can underwrite, is a uniquely valuable mode of exploring questions; it alone nurtures the growth of personal accountability. The capabilities of this mode as a site for the development of such maturity, the author suggests, go beyond what the institutional structures of academia and other public spaces can possibly support, given the masks that formal structures force on their participants.
The author argues that friendship is a metaproject, a crucible within which projects are incubated; this structural fact makes it difficult to initiate friendships if one is a very young child, not yet able to understand what projects are, or a very old adult, no longer willing to launch any. It is in the context of that argument that the author considers the Freudian view that all acts of friendship are nothing but sublimated manifestations of eros; she suggests that such a claim conflates issues of origin with issues of validity and ignores the metaproject character of friendship bonds.

Contents

Editor’s Preface
Biographical Note
Author’s Introduction
1. Freud: Some Observations
on the Man and His Theories
2. The Indian Context of Love and Friendship
3. The Contemporary Indian Scene:
Constructs and Response Patterns
4. Myths, Rules and Romantic Devotion
5. Conclusions
Index

Meet the Author
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Manashi Dasgupta's (1928–2010) degrees in philosophy and psychology (Calcutta University, 1951, 1954) underpinned her research at Cornell University (Ph.D. 1962, for a thesis on Some Determinants of the Judgment of `Interestingness'). She served as Principal, Shri Shikshayatan College (1963-66, 1969-72); Regional Officer, USEFI (1967-69); Special Officer for Rabindrabhavana, Visvabharati (1972-82). She authored Samaj-Mon (Society and Mind, 1977), Chobir nam Satyajit (A Picture called Satyajit, 1984), Rabindranath: Ek Asamanvita Dvandva (Tagore: An Unresolved Tension, 1987/2015), Manastattva o Rajniti (Psychology and Politics, 1995), Meyeder Bhumika o Bhashya (Women's Roles and Theories, 2003/2011), biographies of Ashapurna Debi and Upendrakishore Ray Chowdhury, a two-volume autobiography and many other fictional and analytical writings.
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