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Selfless Love and Human Flourishing in Paul Tillich and Iris Murdoch

Julia T. Meszaros

Abstract

In an age of self-affirmation and self-assertion, ‘selfless love’ often appears as a threat to the lover’s personal well-being. Such a perception jars with the Biblical promise that we gain our life through losing it. It therefore calls for a theological response. In conversation with the Protestant theologian Paul Tillich and the atheistic moral philosopher and novelist Iris Murdoch, this book enquires into the anthropological grounds on which selfless love can be said to build up the lover’s self. It proposes that—while the implausibility of selfless love was furthered by the modern deconstr ... More

Keywords: Paul Tillich, Iris Murdoch, selfless love, human flourishing, the self, Jean-Paul Sartre, eros, agape, attention, relational anthropology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198765868
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198765868.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julia T. Meszaros, author
Postdoctoral Fellow, KU Leuven, Belgium