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In Defense of Sentimentality$
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Robert C. Solomon

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195145502

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2004

DOI: 10.1093/019514550X.001.0001

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The Virtue of (Erotic) Love

The Virtue of (Erotic) Love

(p.165) Eight The Virtue of (Erotic) Love
In Defense of Sentimentality

Robert C. Solomon

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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

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