The Nature of Erotic Love
Jean-Paul Sartre – Erotic Love
Simone De Beauvoir – The Woman in Love
-There is a difference between a man and a woman in love
-woman: complete devotion as well as total gift of body and soul. Regardless she is doomed to servitude and what better way to lose herself, body and soul in him who is represented to her as absolute as the essential. To love is to relinquish everything for the benefit of the master. -man: They never abdicate completely; they want to take possession of her. To him she remains a sovereign subject. -“Woman must forget her own personality when she is in love. It is law of nature. A woman is nonexistent without a master. Without a master she is a scattered bouquet.” – Cécile Sauvage -Love becomes for her a religion
-She wants male in general. What she wants for her lover to represent is the essence of manhood. She does not want an inferior man from lower class. He must be from the same class and race as hers. -grand amour: soul searing love
-grandes amoureuses: traditional women who first accepted the traditional feminine destiny -They try to salvage a disappointing life by dedicating it so some superior person. -Woman cannot resist temptations
Alan Soble – Reconciling Eros and Agape
-(1)Appraisal: Finding valuable properties in the object is essential for personal love, a necessary condition for humans to bestow value. -(2) Positive appraisal plays a facilitatory role in the genesis of bestowal. It is easier to bestow value on a beautiful woman rather than an ugly woman. -(3) Bestowal of Value occurs without positive appraisal. God loves humans for no reason. His love is a sheer gift. “Agape”
Robert Nozick – Love’s bond
-our own well-being relies upon whatever it may be that we love -when someone we love is happy, we feel happy.
-when infatuations arise there is an opportunity for it to be romantic love. When the two people have felt that they have formed a new person, a “we”...
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