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Irving Singer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262512725

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262512725.001.0001

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The Nature of Love

Irving Singer

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This chapter studies the attitude of love as a range of attitudes that have a different suitability for different individuals. In discussing love as the use of appraisal and bestowal, love turns into an attitude that varies depending on the individual and objective values of the beloved as well as the nature of bestowal. How love can significantly alter the beloved’s individual value is seen in the comparison of bestowing love to a beautiful woman or an ugly one; it might be perceived as better to bestow love to a beautiful woman, but an ugly woman may be preferable because there may be personal advantages that ugly women provide which beautiful ones do not. The chapter explores love not as an abstract possibility but as a practical reality requiring decisions based on a number of factors.

Keywords:   love, appraisal, bestowal, range of attitudes, abstract possibility, practical reality, beloved, individual value, beautiful woman, ugly woman

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