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8 That is, the essentialised account of emotion in object relations psychoanalysis is implicitly questioned by a psychosocial ‘way of seeing’9 which critiques any ahistorical study of affective life. 10 A discussion of the humanist/anti-humanist (essentialist) debate will emerge from this juxtaposition of approaches. 1 The psychosocial study of emotion The philosophy and method of a psychosocial study of emotion have not yet been exhaustively discussed, but attempts to define the possibilities and limitations of this field are emerging (see Brown, 2000), and the 22 A Psychosocial Exploration of Love demonstration of the psychoanalytic sociology of emotion as a ‘way of seeing’ can be seen in the recent work of Richards on envy (2000b), Yates on jealousy (2000), Price on happiness (2000), Hollway and Jefferson on fear (2000a) and Clarke (2003) on hatred.
Suffering has become in some instances, he says, a sign of redemption. That is, there is an assumption of another world and we become tempted by death to reach it. This can be seen in German Romanticism (De Rougemont, p. 222), which is contrasted with the ‘disenchanted sadness’ of the French. In Stendhal, it is claimed that we see a yearning for the sublime (which Rousseau laments too), when in his novel marriage replaces passion. Hence, passion is increasingly frowned upon by reason, in love’s developmental history, and in 1822 there appears a scientific treatise on love (Stendhal’ s ‘De l’amour’).
4. Secularisation, science and humanism Humanist discourses in which a life beyond ideology is perceived are, in contemporary social theory, seen to be naive. Davies (1997), for example, explains that after the Second World War and after witnessing indiscriminate slaughter, contempt and a very modern and ‘rational’ (planned) extermination of a people, the very notion of the human was called into account. He maintains that it was then difficult to retrieve anything from the philosophy of humanism (enlightenment and romanticist ideals).
A Psychosocial Exploration of Love and Intimacy by Joanne Brown (auth.)