Berit Brogaard's On Romantic Love mixes together popularizations of professional philosophy with popularizations of psychology and neuroscience in an effort to put together a compelling picture of romance that will make sense to professional philosophers and everyone else. Brogaard falls short of the best interdisciplinary popularizers (say, Steven Pinker or Daniel Dennett), but that's not much of a criticism. And in spite of the popularizing effort, what Brogaard wants to say about romantic love still comes through clearly enough for philosophers to think about it and feel engaged.

The central thesis of On Romantic Love is that romantic love is an emotion. As with any emotion, on Brogaard's view, it is an experience (possibly nonveridical) of the body or mind responding to qualities of some object. As the emotion of romantic love specifically, it is an experience of the body or mind responding to...

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