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McTaggart on Love

Dennis McKerlie

in Underivative Duty

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199577446
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725425 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577446.003.0005
McTaggart on Love

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McTaggart believes that love is an emotion directed towards another person that is completely independent of that person's qualities. The qualities may cause the love, but they do not provide reasons for the love. He also believes that love is the most important intrinsic good. He explains how there can be an amount of love such that its value is greater than any amount of all the other goods. He vigorously defends aggregating the value of different goods in order to determine a sum total of value. In discussing these ideas he anticipates Derek Parfit's ‘repugnant conclusion’, and offers a possible way of avoiding it.

Keywords: love; intrinsic good; value; Derek Parfit; repugnant conclusion; McTaggart

Chapter.  12502 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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