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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 Law—Equality

Love's Law—Equality

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(p.43) Chapter Three Love's Law—Equality
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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:10.1093/0195130251.003.0004

The sharp distinction between preferential love (erotic love and friendship) and love of one's neighbor (agape) is mitigated by the claim that neighbor‐love should be preserved in erotic love and friendship. Neighbor‐love is a commitment to equality, which involves a kind of moral blindness, and is best understood, in comparison with the ethics of Emmanuel Levinas, as responsibility to others.

Keywords:   agape, equality, blindness, erotic love, friendship, Emmanuel Levinas, moral, neighbor, responsibility

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