Date of Graduation

12-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Philosophy (MA)

Degree Level

Graduate

Department

Philosophy

Advisor

Eric Funkhouser

Committee Member

Thomas Senor

Second Committee Member

Richard Lee

Keywords

Philosophy, religion and theology; Love; Moral philosophy; Philosophy of love; Reason; Reason-responsive; Romantic relationships

Abstract

The capacity to love is without a doubt one of the most prized features of our existence. However, love offers us a wide range of complex questions with very few answers. Yet, it is important that we get an accurate view of love because knowing what to love and how to live aids us in trying to manage our lives sensibly. In this paper, I plan to present a reasons-responsive account of romantic love that involves the valuing of qualities that the beloved has as well as the valuing of the relationship shared with the beloved. I will also show how my account of romantic love accommodates our desire for stability--that is, constancy and exclusivity--in romantic relationships.

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