In Rachel Fedock, Michael Kühler & T. Raja Rosenhagen (eds.), Love, Justice, and Autonomy: Philosophical Perspectives. pp. 61-78 (2021)

Getty Lustila
Northeastern University
There is a prima facie conflict between the values of love and autonomy. How can we bind ourselves to a person and still enjoy the fruits of self-determination? This chapter argues that the solution to this conflict lies in recognizing that love is the basis of autonomy: one must love a person in order to truly appreciate their autonomy. To make this case, this chapter defends a minimalist account of love, according to which love is an agreeable sensation that is experienced when considering the existence of another person. On this view, the lover does not desire anything from the beloved but works to attend to their presence. Love, then, puts us in a position to appreciate the beloved in their particular way of being. By accepting the presence of the beloved we gain a sense of their autonomy. The roots of this account of love are found in the writings of Damaris Cudworth Masham. This chapter draws on the work of Kieran Setiya, David Velleman, and Kyla Ebels-Duggan to elaborate on and defend Masham’s views.
Keywords Love  Damaris Masham  Respect  Early Modern Philosophy  History of Ethics  Moral Psychology
Categories (categorize this paper)
Buy the book Find it on
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

 PhilArchive page | Other versions
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

Two Kinds of Respect.Stephen Darwall - 1977 - Ethics 88 (1):36-49.
Love as Valuing a Relationship.Niko Kolodny - 2003 - Philosophical Review 112 (2):135-189.
Love’s Vision.Troy Jollimore - 2011 - Princeton University Press.
The Retrieval of Ethics.Talbot Brewer - 2009 - Oxford University Press.

View all 26 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Autonomy and the Demands of Love.Mark Piper - 2015 - IAFOR Journal of Ethics, Religion and Philosophy 2 (1):30-39.
Persons as Objects of Love.Ty Landrum - 2009 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 6 (4):417-439.
Love.Bennett W. Helm - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Liefde de Re: Over Singuliere Emoties.F. Buekens - 2000 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 62 (1):67 - 90.
Love Analyzed.Roger E. Lamb (ed.) - 1997 - Westview Press.
Love: A Secret History.Simon May - 2011 - Yale University Press.
Love, Incorporated.Adrienne M. Martin - 2015 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 18 (4):691-702.
Vom Wert der Liebe.Susanne Moser - 2014 - Labyrinth: An International Journal for Philosophy, Value Theory and Sociocultural Hermeneutics 16 (2):20-47.
Love in the Absence of Judgment.Ondřej Beran - 2019 - Philosophy and Literature 43 (2):519-534.


Added to PP index

Total views
67 ( #163,846 of 2,462,377 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
26 ( #31,927 of 2,462,377 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes