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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

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019514550X.003.0009

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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