The Journal of Ethics:1-24 (2021)

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Hanne De Jaegher
University of the Basque Country
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In this paper, we introduce an enactive account of loving as participatory sense-making inspired by the “I love to you” of the feminist philosopher Luce Irigaray. Emancipating from the fusionist concept of romantic love, which understands love as unity, we conceptualise loving as an existential engagement in a dialectic of encounter, in continuous processes of becoming-in-relation. In these processes, desire acquires a certain prominence as the need to know more. We build on Irigaray’s account of love to present a phenomenology of loving interactions and then our enactive account. Finally, we draw some implications for ethics. These concern language, difference, vulnerability, desire, and self-transformation.
Keywords love  loving  participatory sense-making  difference  loving and knowing  linguistic bodies  language
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DOI 10.1007/s10892-020-09357-9
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