Reasons for Love

Robert C. Solomon

in In Defense of Sentimentality

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780195145502
Published online November 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780199834969 | DOI:
 Reasons for Love

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Do we love for reasons? Most romantics would insist not. In fact, we love despite good reasons not to love. I argue that love necessarily involves reasons (though not necessarily conscious or articulate reasons). I discuss the problem of loving someone for his or her looks and what I call Plato's Problem, loving only the properties of a person. I end by discussing some dubious and perverse reasons for love.

Keywords: love; reason; reasons; reasons for love; cognitive theory of emotions; Plato's problem; Freud; Oedipal reasons; fetishism; relationships; rationalizations; shared identity; beauty; Aristophanic reasons; perversity

Chapter.  15456 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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