Campus Units

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Accepted Manuscript

Publication Date

11-2-2017

Journal or Book Title

Philosophical Forum

Volume

48

Issue

4

First Page

449

Last Page

461

DOI

10.1111/phil.12170

Abstract

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.

Comments

This accepted article is published as Padgett-Walsh, K., All You Need is Love? Frankfurt and Hegel on Love as Freedom. Philosophical Forum, Nov 2017, 48(4); 449-461. DOI: 10.1111/phil.12170 . Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Wiley Online Library

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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