Princeton University Press, c2011
- : hardcover
Includes bibliographical references (p. 189-194) and index
Love often seems uncontrollable and irrational, but we just as frequently appear to have reasons for loving the people we do. In Love's Vision, Troy Jollimore offers a new way of understanding love that accommodates both of these facts, arguing that love is guided by reason even as it resists and sometimes eludes rationality. At the same time, he reconsiders love's moral status, acknowledging its moral dangers while arguing that it is, at heart, a moral phenomenon--an emotion that demands empathy and calls us away from excessive self-concern. Love is revealed as neither wholly moral nor deeply immoral, neither purely rational nor profoundly irrational. Rather, as Diotima says in Plato's Symposium, love is "something in between." Jollimore makes his case by proposing a "vision" view of love, according to which loving is a way of seeing that involves bestowing charitable attention on a loved one. This view recognizes the truth in the cliche "love is blind," but holds that love's blindness does not undermine the idea that love is guided by reason. Reasons play an important role in love even if they rest on facts that are not themselves rationally justifiable. Filled with illuminating examples from literature, Love's Vision is an original examination of a subject of vital philosophical and human concern.
Preface xi Acknowledgments xix Chapter One: "Something In Between": On the Nature of Love 1 Chapter Two: Love's Blindness (1): Love's Closed Heart 28 Chapter Three: Love's Blindness (2): Love's Friendly Eye 46 Chapter Four: Beyond Comparison 74 Chapter Five: Commitments, Values, and Frameworks 95 Chapter Six: Valuing Persons 123 Chapter Seven: Love and Morality 146 Afterword: Between the Universal and the Particular 169 Notes 173 References 189 Index 195
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