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Love, Friendship, and the Self: Intimacy, Identification, and the Social Nature of Persons

Bennett W. Helm


Recent Western thought has consistently emphasized the individualistic strand in our understanding of persons at the expense of the social strand. Thus, it is generally thought that persons are self-determining and autonomous, where these are understood to be capacities we exercise most fully on our own, apart from others, whose influence on us tends to undermine that autonomy. This book argues that we must reject a strongly individualistic conception of persons if we are to make sense of significant interpersonal relationships and the importance they can have in our lives. It presents a new a ... More

Keywords: self-determination, autonomous, interpersonal relationships, love, intimate identification, friendship, plural agency, emotional connectedness, rational, social nature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199567898
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567898.001.0001


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Bennett W. Helm, author
Franklin and Marshall College, Pennsylvania
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