Amor como comunicação
: uma aproximação fenomenológica ao fenómeno amor

  • Maria Filipa Moreira de Vasconcelos (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


In this dissertation we present a phenomenological approach to the phenomenon love. We applied the phenomenological method developed by Edmund Husserl, extended by Martin Heidegger and synthesized by Herbert Spiegelberg in an Introna, Ilharco and Faÿ’s proposal (2008) to the phenomenon love in order to the understand its essence, what is in our consciousness that allows us to identify this phenomenon, that is, the loveness of love. In this investigation we sought to answer the question ‘What is love?’, based on the idea that love is communication, that is, to talk about love is to talk about communication, interaction, because when we think, write or talk about love we are inevitably, and sometimes unconsciously, referring to communicative acts As much as possible we comprehended the essential of the communicative act which love is. However, our objective was not to explain this phenomenon nor to achieve one final and sealed understanding of it, but to explore the contours of the identity of love and to achieve the first and deepest meaning of love. We concluded that love is a relationship of deep involvement between two human beings, each one feeling by the other a positive, strong and an unconditional sentiment, with a dimension we do not know in its transcendence and that is based on the capacity that both have to feel it. Furthermore, we believe that the hidden meaning of love lies in its transcendence nature in relation to the human being.
Date of AwardSept 2011
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorFernando Ilharco (Supervisor)


  • Love
  • Loveness
  • Essence
  • Relationship
  • Transcendence
  • Phenomenology
  • Phenomenological method
  • Heidegger
  • Husserl


  • Mestrado em Ciências da Comunicação

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