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Love's Grateful StrivingA Commentary on Kierkegaard's Works of Love$
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M. Jamie Ferreira

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195130256

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195130251.001.0001

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Love's Asymmetry

Love's Asymmetry

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(p.209) Chapter Fifteen Love's Asymmetry
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Love's Grateful Striving
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M. Jamie Ferreira (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195130251.003.0016

Love of the dead is a heuristic model of the unselfish love that demands no reciprocity. It bears on the love of the living insofar as an acknowledgment of asymmetry is implied (1) in the notion of love as “infinite debt” and (2) in the suggestion that love should not rise and fall with contingent change in the other. The complex relations between asymmetry and equality are explored, with reference to Levinas. Asymmetry does not preclude mutuality and responsiveness in relation.

Keywords:   asymmetry, dead, equality, infinite debt, Levinas, love, mutuality, reciprocity

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