Thinking About a Word—Love, for Example

Metaphilosophy 48 (1-2):30-46 (2017)
Abstract
What is it we do when we philosophize about a word? How are we to act as we ask the philosophical question par excellence, “What is …?” These questions are addressed here with particular focus on Troy Jollimore's Love's Vision and contemporary theories of love. Jollimore's rationalist account of love, based on a specific understanding of “reasons for love,” illustrates a particular philosophical mistake: When we think about a word, we are prone to believe that even though “the sense of the word” that we investigate may be up for grabs, the other words we use when we do these investigations are not. Jollimore's exploration of love is guided by specific conceptions of “reasons” and “rationality” that remain unquestioned. The article argues that we may have to rethink a great number of words as we embark on the task of uncovering the sense of one word.
Keywords context sensitivity  moral vision  Harry Frankfurt's theory of love  Troy Jollimore's theory of love  reasons for love  Iris Murdoch  theories of love  love  rationalism  rationality about love
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/meta.12222
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 35,475
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Love's Vision.Troy A. Jollimore - 2011 - Princeton University Press.
Is It Better to Love Better Things?Aaron Smuts - 2015 - In Tony Milligan, Christian Maurer & Kamila Pacovská (eds.), Love and Its Objects.
Two. Love’s Blindness : Love’s Closed Heart.Troy Jollimore - 2011 - In Love's Vision. Princeton University Press. pp. 28-45.
Three. Love’s Blindness : Love’s Friendly Eye.Troy Jollimore - 2011 - In Love's Vision. Princeton University Press. pp. 46-73.
Love: Gloriously Amoral and Arational.Nick Zangwill - 2013 - Philosophical Explorations 16 (3):298 - 314.
Love: A Secret History.Simon May - 2011 - Yale University Press.
Self Love.[author unknown] - 2005 - International Studies in Philosophy Monograph Series:129-152.
Loving a Stranger.Jan Bransen - 2014 - In Tony Milligan, Christian Maurer & Kamilla Pacovska (eds.), Love and Its Objects: What Can We Care For? Palgrave-Macmillan. pp. 143-159..
Normative Reasons for Love, Part I.Aaron Smuts - 2014 - Philosophy Compass 9 (8):507-517.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2017-01-16

Total downloads
11 ( #488,971 of 2,286,052 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
4 ( #122,444 of 2,286,052 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature