Philosophy and Religious Studies
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Few philosophers have thought that freedom and love might be connected in an essential way. Harry Frankfurt is an exception. To be autonomous, he contends, is to follow the commands of love. Frankfurt’s account has important strengths, I argue, but it also ignores the interpersonal dimensions of love and thus fails to account for the ways in which love can reflect and perpetuate oppression. A richer approach, I propose, can be found in Hegel’s writings on ethics. Like Frankfurt, Hegel conceives of freedom partly in terms of love. But Hegel also recognizes that actual loving relationships are always shaped by social and political conditions. Love thus has limits; it can provide a partial degree of autonomy, but it can also be deformed by oppressive social and political realities.
Wiley Online Library
Padgett-Walsh, Kate, "All You Need is Love? Frankfurt and Hegel on Love as Freedom" (2017). Philosophy and Religious Studies Publications. 33.