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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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Reasons for Love

Reasons for Love

(p.189) Nine Reasons for Love
In Defense of Sentimentality

Robert C. Solomon

Oxford University Press

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

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