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date: 24 June 2021

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This chapter is about the relations between love and knowledge. Those relations are likely to be complex, because both love and knowledge play key and central roles in our lives; also, there seems to be more than one variety of both. First the chapter surveys these varieties and the possible ways of understanding them. In the first three sections, the explicit and foreground question is “What kinds of love are there?” Behind this, there is a further question that one hopes will be audible in the background: “What kinds of knowledge do these kinds of love presuppose or require or imply?” This latter question comes into explicit focus in the final three sections, which develop the notion of knowledge of persons, explore the varieties of knowledge, and ask how knowledge of persons fits in with those varieties.

Keywords: love, knowledge, variety, C. S. Lewis, Anders Nygren, Aristotle, Plato, Peter Strawson, Iris Murdoch, Troy Jollimore

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