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Reflection on the look of love serves as a good entry point into various philosophical issues surrounding the love of persons: how to define love, the question whether love is a response to the loved object's value or a bestowal of value, the epistemic significance of love, the metaphysics of love, and the importance of romantic love. This article confines itself to these issues, even though it means neglecting some worthy contributions in the abundant contemporary philosophical literature on love. And, unless otherwise stated, the love that is addressed here is love of particular individuals, rather than love of God or of human beings.
Neera K. Badhwar is Professor Emerita of Philosophy at the University of Oklahoma and an Affiliate at George Mason University. Her articles on moral psychology, ethical theory, and social-political theory have appeared in Journal of Philosophy; Ethics; Nous; Philosophy and Phenomenological Research; Politics, Philosophy, and Economics; American Philosophical Quarterly; Social Philosophy and Policy; and other journals. Her anthology, Friendship: A Philosophical Reader, was published by Cornell University Press in 1993, and her book, Well-being: Happiness as the Highest Good, in 2014 by Oxford University Press. She is the recipient of fellowships from the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University; Social Philosophy and Policy Center, Bowling Green State University; and the Earhart Foundation.
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