Philosophy Compass 9 (8):507-517 (2014)

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Aaron Smuts
Rhode Island College
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Are there normative reasons for love? More specifically, is it possible to rationally justify love? Or can we at best provide explanations for why we love? In Part I of this entry, I discuss the nature of love, theories of emotion, and what it takes to justify an attitude. In Part II, I provide an overview of the various positions one might take on the rational justification of love. I focus on the debate between defenders of the no-reasons view and the reasons view. Along the way, I discuss the significance of falling in love, the problem of trading up, and the notion of irreplaceability. I evaluate attempts to justify love based on the intrinsic and the relational properties of the beloved
Keywords love  emotion  no-reasons view  rationality of emotion  luck  justifying attitudes
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DOI 10.1111/phc3.12168
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