The Virtue of (Erotic) Love

Robert C. Solomon

in In Defense of Sentimentality

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780195145502
Published online November 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780199834969 | DOI:
 The Virtue of (Erotic) Love

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I suggest that erotic love is (or can be) a virtue. I contest both the cynicism and the vacuousness in much of the love literature. I argue that love is a historical emotion, involving a great deal of historical and cultural variation. And I give an analysis of what love is as shared identity. On the way, I also talk about sex and Plato's Symposium.

Keywords: Love; Eros; agapé; Plato; Symposium; Aristophanes; Kant; Groundwork; affection; compassion; Kantian paradigm; Christian love; irrationality; rationality; Hegel; objectivity; sex; sexual desire; romantic love; marriage; history of love; courtly love; Shakespeare; Irving Singer; shared identity

Chapter.  11457 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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