Logic of Love in the Canterbury Tales (Hardcover)

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The Logic of Love in the Canterbury Tales argues that Geoffrey Chaucer's magnum opus draws inventively on the resources of late medieval logic to conceive of love as an insoluble. Philosophers of the fourteenth century expended great effort to solve insolubilia, like the notorious Liar paradox, in order to decide upon their truth or falsity. For Chaucer, however, and in keeping with Christ's admonition from the Sermon on the Mount, the lover does not judge - does not decide on - the beloved.

Through a series of detailed and rigorously non-judgmental readings, Manish Sharma provides new insight into each of the prologues and tales and intervenes into scholarly debates about their collective import. In so doing, The Logic of Love in the Canterbury Tales deploys Chaucer's understanding of charity to consider the limitations of modern critical approaches to the Canterbury Tales, including deconstruction, psychoanalysis, and gender theory. In the course of the analysis, Sharma shows not only how love and medieval philosophy together inform Chaucerian composition, but also how Chaucer could serve as a resource for contemporary theoretical reflections on love and ethics.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781487509033
ISBN-10: 1487509030
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Publication Date: May 27th, 2022
Pages: 406
Language: English