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Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231167338

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231167338.001.0001

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The Ontology of Love

The Ontology of Love

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(p.37) The Ontology of Love
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Love in Motion
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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231167338.003.0004

This chapter discusses the ontology of love. The phenomenon of love contains structures that support both a first-person point of view and a third-person point of view. The relationship between the first-person and a third-person perspective is captured by the French moral and psychological concept of vanity, in which love can only flourish when the subject can protect the first-person perspective it has on its love against the interest it has in being seen favorably by others. The being of love as a relation consists of the following necessary component elements: a reciprocal erotic desire between two lovers; the articulation by the lovers of their relationship in language, with regard to time; and a relationship between the love relation and a surrounding cultural and social space.

Keywords:   ontology of love, phenomenon of love, first-person perspective, third-person perspective, vanity

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