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Love Notes

for a Politics of Love

Philip McKibbin Artist Shane Hansen

In Love Notes, a collection of articles, essays, and presentations, Philip McKibbin introduces the Politics of Love and explores the possibilities of this emerging theory. The Politics of Love affirms the importance of love and reimagines our relationships: to ourselves, each other, non-human animals, and the natural environment. This love is inclusive, critical, generous, and constructive. Instead of a politics of fear and distrust, of separation and narrow-mindedness, the Politics of Love presents a new vision that extends beyond individuals, families, the nation state, and even human beings: it is love that will bring about justice for other species, and it may also enable us to address climate change.

This book presents an intellectual journey; it charts a course for the future, and invites you to help take the Politics of Love forward.

216 pp.  
5" x 8"

Lantern Books


Published:  June 2019


Philip McKibbin is a writer from Aotearoa New Zealand. He is of Pakeha (New Zealand European) and Maori (Ngai Tahu) descent. He has written for the Guardian, Renegade Inc, and Takahe. He holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy from The University of Auckland, and a Diploma in Te Pinakitanga ki te Reo Kairangi (Maori Language Excellence) from Te Wananga o Aotearoa. He first wrote about the Politics of Love in 2015, with his friend and fellow New Zealander Max Harris. In 2018, they hosted The Politics of Love: A Conference at All Souls College, Oxford. See all books by Philip McKibbin
Shane Hansen is an artist, a designer of graphics, furniture, and fashion, a loving husband, and doting dad to two gorgeous boys. Born in New Zealand in the 1970s, he is of Maori (Tainui, Ngati Mahanga, Ngati Hine), Chinese, Danish, and Scottish descent. Aotearoa is in his blood, in his heart, and in his art. Shane’s creations spring from the characters, creatures, moods, memories, and moments lying deep within the country he calls home. His artistic world is one of bold colours, modern Maori motifs, optimism and clarity inspired by his multicultural heritage, and an admiration for pop art, strong graphics, and a profound appreciation of the landscapes that surround him. As well as depicting the various shapes and tones of Aotearoa, Shane’s works represent ideas about who he is, where he comes from, and how he fits into the country he grew up in. His work has become a channel for an ongoing examination of his multicultural heritage, and he is determined to continue pushing the parameters of what he can express and achieve through it. See all books by Shane Hansen

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