Running head: LOVE AND CARE
Love and Care
LOVE AND CARE
The Reasons of Love by Harry Frankfurt consists of three lectures. The first lecture is,
“how should we live?” and is concerned with the differences and relations between importance,
caring, and desiring. According to Frankfurt, caring is a matter of how people and other people
of our world become valuable and important to us (Frankfurt, 2009).
Secondly, Frankfurt lecture on, “love, and its reasons” focuses on love as a specific
mode of caring that is characterized by disinterestedness and identification of oneself with the
well being of the object on love. Love and caring are generally the sources of “volitional
necessities,” limited on what it is possible to will. The final lecture is “The Dear Self,” which
focuses on self-defense against moralists charges over the year. This essay discusses the meaning
of love, its role in the life of a person, the meaning of care and its relationship with love, and the
meaning of “Reason of Love.”
According to Frankfurt, love “consists most basically in a disinterested concern for the
well being or flourishing for the person who is loved.” The author argues that the lover is only
interested in serving and promoting the flourishing of the beloved, and hence to love someone
hoping for something in return is not real love. The beloved is the “final end,” and love requires
the lover to value the beloved as a final end instead of a means. To love in our writer’s style, a
person must “forget himself” and offer love to the beloved “as a gift.”
Another feature of love is that it is “ineluctably personal.” Frankfurt insists that he ...
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