The Evolution of Love


Emil Lucka

Series: Family Issues in the 21st Century
BISAC: FAM029000

The object of this book, originally published in 1922 and addressed to all cultured men and women, was to set forth the primitive manifestations of love and to throw light on those strange emotional climaxes that the author called “Metaphysical Eroticism.” She took no account of historical detail, except where it served the purpose of proving, explaining, and illustrating her subject. Nor did she hesitate to intermingle psychological motives and motives arising from the growth and spread of civilisation. The inevitable result of a one-sided glimpse at historical facts would have been a history of love, an undertaking for which she claims to have lacked both ability and inclination. On the other hand, had she written a merely psychological treatise, disregarding the succession of periods, she would have laid herself open to the just reproach of giving rein to her imagination instead of dealing with reality.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Translator’s Introduction (pp. 1-10)

The First Stage: The Sexual Instinct (pp. 11-26)

The Second Stage: Love (pp. 27-28)

Chapter 1. The Birth of Europe (pp. 29-92)

Chapter 2. The Deification of Woman (pp. 93-188)

Chapter 3. Perversions of Metaphysical Eroticism (pp. 189-202)

The third stage: The Blending of Sexuality and Love (pp. 203-204)

Chapter 4. The Longing for the Synthesis (pp. 205-222)

Chapter 5. The Love-Death (Second Form of Metaphysical Eroticism) (pp. 223-236)

Chapter 6. The Conflict between Sexuality and Love.—The Seeker of Love
and the Slave of Love (pp. 237-244)

Chapter 7. The Revenge of Sexuality.—The Demoniacal and the Obscene (pp. 245-252)

Conclusion: The Psychogenetic Law.—The Individual as an Epitome of the Human Race (pp. 253-270)

Index (pp. 271)

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