The Reasons of Love

Author: 
Harry G. Frankfurt
Format: 
New
ISBN: 
978-0-691-19147-8
Imprint: 
Princeton University Press
Edition: 
1
Binding: 
Paperback

In The Reasons of Love, leading moral philosopher and bestselling author Harry Frankfurt argues that the key to a fulfilled life is to pursue wholeheartedly what one cares about, that love is the most authoritative form of caring, and that the purest form of love is, in a complicated way, self-love.

Through caring, we infuse the world with meaning. Caring provides us with stable ambitions and concerns; it shapes the framework of aims and interests within which we lead our lives. Frankfurt goes on to explain that the most important form of caring is love, a nonvoluntary, disinterested concern for the flourishing of what is loved. And he contends that the purest form of love is self-love. This sounds perverse, but self-love--as distinct from self-indulgence--is at heart a disinterested concern for whatever it is that the person loves. The most elementary form of self-love is nothing more than the desire of a person to love. Insofar as this is true, self-love is simply a commitment to finding meaning in our lives.


Publication date: July 16th, 2019

112 pages


$19.73
The Reasons of Love by Harry G. Frankfurt
The Reasons of Love by Harry G. Frankfurt
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