Abstract

Is love essential to ethical life, or merely a supplement? In Kant's view, respect and love, as duties, are in tension with each other because love involves drawing closer and respect involves drawing away. By contrast, Irigaray says that love and respect do not conflict because love as passion must also involve distancing and we have a responsibility to love. I argue that love, understood as passion and based on respect, is essential to ethics.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-2001
Print ISSN
0887-5367
Pages
pp. 92-114
Launched on MUSE
2005-07-14
Open Access
No
Archive Status
Archived 2009
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