PHIL 202 University of Delaware Love and Care Harry Frankfurt Reading Essay



PHIL 202

University of Delaware


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Choose one essay topic and write an essay about it from 4 to 5 pages. See attachment for more info.

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THE FINAL ESSAY FOR PHIL 202 DUE MAY 5TH The topics for the paper, if you choose to write on Frankfurt’s The Reasons of Love are listed below. Choose one essay topic. All the questions are to be answered from a close reading and explication of Harry Frankfurt’s Reasons of Love. There is another prompt for essays dealing with other readings we have covered in 202, also found in BB. TOPIC ONE: For our author, what is love? (p. 41f, see also p. 79f). What is the role of love in the life of a person? What is “care” and what is its relationship to love? What does he means by “reasons of love”? OR TOPIC TWO: Why does our author argue that ‘right-thinking people’ are in error when they suppose “that anyone ought to do better with his love than turn it upon himself”? (p. 68). What is at stake for one’s way of living a human life in this argument concerning self-love and the love of another? How does his way of presenting self-love differ from what the ‘right-thinking people’ present about self-love? Is he correct when he states: “To be wholehearted is to love oneself”? (p. 95) OR TOPIC THREE: In Chapter one, section 8, our author develops his argument for his definition of human freedom. Under what condition can a human enjoy “as much freedom as it is reasonable for us to desire”? (p. 20). What is this freedom for Frankfurt and how does it compare, and contrast, with the understanding of human freedom we find in the text of Locke or in that of Rousseau?
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Running head: 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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