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Reflections On How We Live$
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Annette Baier

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199570362

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199570362.001.0001

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Alienating Affection

Alienating Affection

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(p.241) 14 Alienating Affection
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Reflections On How We Live
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Annette C. Baier

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199570362.003.0014

This chapter describes alienating affection as a kind of theft, in which the responsibility for the transfer is shared between the thief and the one whose affection is at issue. Instead of entering and taking the silver, a burglar stays outside with a magnet and attracts the loot out an open window without any breaking and entering. Like the burglar, a person has the tendency to unknowingly develop affections to another, which at times are not reciprocated with the same passion. If a person alienates affection, uncomfortable confrontations are expected since such victims feel more hurt than indignation.

Keywords:   alienating affection, theft, burglar, affections, passion

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