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Mark Timmons

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198790587

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198790587.001.0001

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Love in Spite of

Love in Spite of

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(p.241) 11 Love in Spite of
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Oxford Studies in Normative Ethics, Volume 6
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Erich Hatala Matthes

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198790587.003.0012

Consider two commonly cited requirements of love. The first is that we should love people for who they are. The second is that loving people should involve concern for their well-being. But what happens when an aspect of someone’s identity conflicts with her well-being? In examining this question, this chapter develops an account of loving someone in spite of something. Although there are cases where loving in spite of is merited, it argues that we generally do wrong to love people in spite of who they are, even where it appears that some aspect of their identity is in tension with their well-being. These issues are discussed with respect to disability and bodily difference in particular.

Keywords:   love, well-being, practical identity, harm, disability, value theory

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