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Love's Vision

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/10.1093/0195130251.003.0008
 Love's Vision

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Although it ignores concrete differences used as the basis for excluding anyone from our realm of responsibility, love involves moral vision – attention to concrete difference is necessary to determine the distinctive kind of response needed. Love is a kind of “seeing” – we must love people honestly, as they are, and not as we would like them to be. Our impartiality must be interested rather than disinterested, but acceptance of the other can be coupled with challenge to the other; the abstract skeleton of the commandment needs to be fleshed out by the demand for attention to concrete differences in a context of realism that sorrowfully acknowledges tragedy.

Keywords: abstract; impartiality; interested; moral; tragedy; vision

Chapter.  9718 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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