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Analyzing Love

Analyzing Love

by Robert Brown


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Analyzing Love is concerned with four basic and neglected problems concerning love. The first is identifying its relevant features: distinguishing it from liking and benevolence and from sexual desire; describing the objects that can be loved and the judgments and aims required by love. The second question is how we recognize the presence of love and what grounds we may have for thinking it present in any particular case. The third is that of relating it to other emotions such as anger and fear, and, more generally, deciding where love stands in the contrast between emotions and attitudes. Finally, the book examines how we justify our loves: can we have, and do we need, reasons for loving? What types of judgment are appropriate to love? Can we criticize a lover for his or her choices?

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521068444
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 07/10/2008
Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction: the problems; 1. Love and its objects; 2. Sexual desire; 3. Identifying the presence of love; 4. Emotions and attitudes: loving a person; Index.

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