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Love's Asymmetry

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/10.1093/0195130251.003.0016
 Love's Asymmetry

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Love of the dead is a heuristic model of the unselfish love that demands no reciprocity. It bears on the love of the living insofar as an acknowledgment of asymmetry is implied (1) in the notion of love as “infinite debt” and (2) in the suggestion that love should not rise and fall with contingent change in the other. The complex relations between asymmetry and equality are explored, with reference to Levinas. Asymmetry does not preclude mutuality and responsiveness in relation.

Keywords: asymmetry; dead; equality; infinite debt; Levinas; love; mutuality; reciprocity

Chapter.  10147 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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