In this section the author discusses different approaches to understanding love, challenging liberal versions of intimate love that idealize its conditions and pathologize any attitudes and behaviors that are thought to exceed its norms. An alternative account of love is offered, one that acknowledges the risk of suffering in love or of the end of love, and establishes the conditions for love as vulnerability and respect for the boundaries—however fluid—between lovers. Love itself is defined as a powerful emotional force that inexplicably—beyond reason—affirms, beautifies or augments the loved one, creating a “we,” an “interworld” between two. Reflections on an actual love move the discussion between the particular and the universal.
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