Neera K. Badhwar

in The Oxford Handbook of Practical Ethics

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780199284238
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy



Reflection on the look of love serves as a good entry point into various philosophical issues surrounding the love of persons: how to define love, the question whether love is a response to the loved object's value or a bestowal of value, the epistemic significance of love, the metaphysics of love, and the importance of romantic love. This article confines itself to these issues, even though it means neglecting some worthy contributions in the abundant contemporary philosophical literature on love. And, unless otherwise stated, the love that is addressed here is love of particular individuals, rather than love of God or of human beings.

Keywords: love; loved object; metaphysics; romantic love; philosophical literature; value of love

Article.  14235 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Moral Philosophy

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