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Sexual SolipsismPhilosophical Essays on Pornography and Objectification$
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Rae Langton

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199247066

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199247066.001.0001

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Love and Solipsism

Love and Solipsism

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(p.357) 15 Love and Solipsism
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Sexual Solipsism
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199247066.003.0016

For Kant, moral reciprocity is intensely present in love and friendship, but he is gloomy about sexual love, which can make a person into ‘an object of appetite’. Two interpretations: sexual love can be reductive, regarding the other as a mere body, for physical gratification (Herman); it can be invasive, regarding the other as a person, but one to be annexed, taken over (Korsgaard) — here Proust's description of love provides a ghastly illustration. Both pathologies are solipsistic: the other person disappears, whether by reduction, or by absorption. What is the remedy for this solipsism? The reciprocity in love and friendship, as Kant described.

Keywords:   Kant, reciprocity, love, friendship, reductive, invasive, Herman, Korsgaard, Proust

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