Love

[Revised entry by Bennett Helm on August 11, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] This essay focuses on personal love, or the love of particular persons as such. Part of the
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[Revised entry by Bennett Helm on August 11, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] This essay focuses on personal love, or the love of particular persons as such. Part of the philosophical task in understanding personal love is to distinguish the various kinds of personal love. For example, the way in which I love my wife is seemingly very different from the way I love my mother, my child, and my friend. This task has typically proceeded hand-in-hand with philosophical analyses of these kinds of personal love, analyses that in part respond to various puzzles about love. Can love be justified? If so, how? What is the value of personal...

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