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Wilfrid Laurier University
  1. Bestowal Without Appraisal: Problems in Frankfurt’s Characterization of Love and Personal Identity.Gary Foster - 2009 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 12 (2):153-168.
    Harry Frankfurt characterizes love as "a disinterested concern for the existence of what is loved, and for what is good for it." As such, he views romantic love as an inauthentic paradigm for love since such love desires reciprocation, sexual gratification and so on. I argue that Frankfurt's conception of love is too general—he does not distinguish between the type of love one has for one's partner, one's country, a moral ideal, etc., it overemphasizes the role of bestowal at the (...)
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  2. Overcoming a Euthyphro Problem in Personal Love: Imagination and Personal Identity.Gary Foster - 2011 - Philosophical Psychology 24 (6):825 - 844.
    In this paper I address a Euthyphro problem associated with personal love. Do we love someone because we have reasons for loving that person or do we have reasons for loving that person because we love her? I argue that a relational view of identity will help us move some distance towards resolving this dilemma. But the relational view itself needs to be further supplemented by examining the role that imagination plays both in personal identity and in our experience of (...)
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    Romantic Love and Knowledge: Refuting the Claim of Egoism: Dialogue.Gary Foster - 2008 - Dialogue 47 (2):235-251.
    ABSTRACT Romantic love and its predecessor eros have both been characterized as forms of egoistic love. Part of this claim is concerned specifically with the relation between love and knowledge. Real love, it is claimed, is prior to knowledge and is not motivated by it. Romantic love and eros according to this view are egoistic in that they are motivated by a desire for knowledge. Agapic love characterized by bestowal represents a true form of love unmotivated by selfish desires. I (...)
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    What Matters in Love: Reflections on the Relationship Between Love and Persons.Gary Foster - 2019 - Dialogue 58 (2):323-340.
    In Reasons and Persons, Derek Parfit takes issue with Bernard Williams’ view of the relation between love and identity. Williams thought that, in a world where there were several co-existing replicas of one’s beloved, our current conception of love would begin to crumble. Parfit agrees with Williams in the branching case of replication, but thought that, where replication takes a non-branching form, our ordinary view of love would remain intact. I believe Parfit arrives at this conclusion because he has not (...)
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    Persons and Properties: A Sartrean Perspective on Love's Object.Gary Foster - 2018 - European Journal of Philosophy 26 (1):82-94.
    It is often said that to love someone we must love her for her own sake. But what does this mean? Various answers have been offered up by philosophers. Alan Soble's ‘aggregate’ view of identity focuses on properties of the beloved as key to understanding love's basis and, in a less direct way, its object. This view does not give us a clear distinction between persons and properties. David Velleman's view makes this distinction more clearly but creates a gap between (...)
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    Sartre and Contemporary Moral Psychology.Gary Foster - 2016 - Symposium 20 (2):92-103.
    Much has been written about Sartre’s contribution to the field of psychology. His phenomenology as whole and his proposal for an existential psychoanalysis in particular, have contributed to the field of humanist psychology in general and existential psychology specifically. Less has been written, however, about Sartre’s contribution to the field of moral psychology apart from the occasional analysis of his notion of “bad faith” or the use, by moral philosophers, of some of his colourful examples to illustrate a point. In (...)
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    Rawls and Ricoeur on Reconciling The Right and the Good: An Overlapping Consensus or an Ethical Aim?Gary Foster - 2007 - Philosophy Today 51 (2):159-175.
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    Narratives and Culture: "Thickening" the Self for Cultural Psychotherapy.Susan James & Gary Foster - 2003 - Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology 23 (1):62-79.
    The dominant framework for understanding selfhood in contemporary psychology has been one that privileges a highly individualistic conception of self. This is reflected in both the language and approaches of psychotherapy where the influence of contextual factors are given marginal consideration in order to maintain some type of 'objectivity' or 'neutrality' in counseling. We argue that an understanding of selfhood which does not take into account the 'relational' nature of selfhood as well as the cultural or historical context of the (...)
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  9. Desire, Love, and Identity: Philosophy of Sex and Love.Gary Foster - 2016 - Oxford University Press Canada.
    Desire, Love, and Identity: Philosophy of Sex and Love combines classical readings with contemporary articles exploring love and sex as defining features of our identity. This volume includes readings from a wide variety of perspectives, addressing topics such as sexual objectification, sexual identity, the ethics of sex work, love and sex online, friendship, polyamory, and BDSM. Alongside ancient, modern, and contemporary selections are sixteen original contributions written by emerging voices in the field. A wide-ranging, engaging, accessible introduction to the subject, (...)
     
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  10. The Priority of the Good Over Right in Love: Challenging Velleman’s Kantian View.Gary Foster - 2016 - Etyka 52:47-57.
    In Love as a Moral Emotion David Velleman rejects the conative analysis of love arguing instead for a conception which is modelled after Kantian respect. The general problem associated with conative views of love according to Velleman is that they cut love loose from morality, sometimes characterizing its aims as in conflict with morality.
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