The Impossibility of Unconditional Love

Public Affairs Quarterly 9 (4):317-320 (1995)
Abstract
There are two main ways to understand unconditional love. I argue that one is impossible (i.e., no one could love that way) and the other is probably irrational. This has important consequences in a variety of domains. Social policies have been derided on the grounds that they undermine unconditional love, and it has been called "possibly the most valuable aspect of the Christian tradition". The works of Robert Nozick, Elizabeth Anderson, and Richard Taylor on this topic are examined and criticized.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
Edit this record
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Mark as duplicate
Request removal from index
Revision history
Download options
Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 30,248
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: A History.Simon May - 2011 - Yale University Press.
Love: A Secret History.Simon May - 2011 - Yale University Press.
Love's Vision.Troy A. Jollimore - 2011 - Princeton University Press.
Forgiveness Without Apology.Karen D. Hoffman - 2008 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 82:135-151.
Self Love.Stephen David Ross - 2010 - International Studies in Philosophy Monograph Series:129-152.
Love.Bennett W. Helm - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Reading Medea Nad Hecuba: The Tragic in Unconditional Love.Karin Melis - 2005 - Dialogue and Universalism 15 (1-2):203-210.
Added to PP index
2011-01-06

Total downloads
129 ( #38,493 of 2,192,220 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
6 ( #33,506 of 2,192,220 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads
My notes
Sign in to use this feature