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date: 13 June 2021

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This chapter examines whether love requires freedom of the will. This might be so if love is a response to reasons to love, and freedom of the will just is responsiveness to reasons. Or else, love might require free will if love requires susceptibility to reactive attitudes such as moral resentment, and this susceptibility in turn requires free will. A further possibility is that the kind of love we value most requires free will because it requires the absence of causal determination by factors beyond the lover’s control. Perhaps causally determined love is too similar to manipulated love to be genuinely valuable. Against this, it has been argued that certain paradigmatic cases of valuable love, such as romantic love and love for one’s children, are often involuntary and thus not freely willed.

Keywords: love, freedom, free will, reason, reactive attitude, resentment, determination, manipulation

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