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Love's Law—Equality

M. Jamie Ferreira

in Love's Grateful Striving

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780195130256
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834181 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195130251.003.0004
 Love's Law—Equality

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The sharp distinction between preferential love (erotic love and friendship) and love of one's neighbor (agape) is mitigated by the claim that neighbor‐love should be preserved in erotic love and friendship. Neighbor‐love is a commitment to equality, which involves a kind of moral blindness, and is best understood, in comparison with the ethics of Emmanuel Levinas, as responsibility to others.

Keywords: agape; equality; blindness; erotic love; friendship; Emmanuel Levinas; moral; neighbor; responsibility

Chapter.  5489 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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