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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

Front Phil Chin    2013, Vol. 8 Issue (4) : 655-669
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Love and Identity: Unconditional Concern and Particularity
Cockburn David()
Department of Philosophy, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter Campus, Ceredigion SA48 7ED, UK
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Love for a person involves an idea of the other’s particularity, or “irreplaceability”: an idea that is linked with a fine grained attention to, and affection for, very specific features of the other. This attention is largely a consequence of—or manifestation of—my love, rather than its ground. What I see in the other is partly conditioned by an “unconditional” concern for her as an individual. A consideration of the importance of the face and of personal names in my interactions with another may bring into focus crucial aspects of the particularity and unconditionality that are characteristic of love.

Keywords love      identity      self      face      name     
Corresponding Authors: Cockburn David,   
Issue Date: 05 December 2013
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