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Love in the DarkPhilosophy by Another Name$
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Diane Enns

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231178969

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231178969.001.0001

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Love in the Dark

Diane Enns

Columbia University Press

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.

Keywords:   volo ut sis, affirmation, falling in love, lust, desire, masochism

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