Week 6-Different faces of love (class).pptx

Friendship is often a crisscrossing web of

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Friendship is often a crisscrossing web of relationships ; hard to form a larger identity It is not feasible for a person simultaneously to be par t of multiple romantic couples, even were the person to desire this Friendship is about solidarity(p.84) 12
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Forms of love Do you find the portraits of love by From m and Nozick appealing to you? Do you agree with the difference-of-kind view or the difference-of-degree view? Ideal vs. non-ideal 13
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My wife asked me: 14 Do we love for reasons? Why do you love me?
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15 Because you’re beautiful But I will not be beautiful when I get old Because of your charm and vivacity But someone else has more charm and vivacity than I do No reason But that seems arbitrary, and you can stop loving me for no reason too Love you as a unique individual What does that means?
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Do we love for reasons? Quality theory No-Reasons Theory Relationship Theory 16
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Do we love for reasons? Quality theory Love as grounded in lovable personal qualitie s of the beloved (such as beauty, wit, or viv acity) 17
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Do we love for reasons? Problems of Quality Theory Familial love is an important counte r-example For romantic love or friendship, pers onal qualities seem not the reason fo r (a) falling in love, and (b) sustai ning the love Problems of constancy and nonsubstitu tability 18
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Do we love for reasons? No-Reasons Theory (Harry Frankfurt) Love is not a response to the perceived worth of the beloved The focus is not the beloved’s qualities but her bare identity, which is particular, unique , and irreplaceable It does not answer to reasons but rather creat es them – it’s a volitional necessity, a des ire to desire you The Reasons of Love (2004), Ch.2 20
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Do we love for reasons? No-Reasons Theory (Harry Frankfurt) “What we love and what we fail to love is not up to us.” (p.46) “Not under our direct and immediate volun tary control” (44) Love is a “contingent necessity” (48) 21
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Do we love for reasons? Problems of No-Reasons Theory We hope our friends or children that they will be discerning in love, that they will find someone worthy of their love 22
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Relationship Theory 23
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Do we love for reasons? The Relationship Theory Love as valuing a relationship, which is Ongoing (persists over time) Between particular people Historical Institutional relations are non-historical I love not only her qualities that others could sha re; love her as a unique individual or for herself But that exactly does that mean? – the Relationshi p Theory provides an answer 25
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Do we love for reasons? Thomas Hurka’s Relationship Theory “It’s to love her for historical qualities, involvin g her participation with you in a shared past.” (p.15 3) It’s not just her warmth as a generic quality that yo u love, but her warmth shown to you in a particular ti me and place and in a particular way….
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