The will to love that makes a difference

Marciano Escutia

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12775/SetF.2017.019

Abstract


This essay deals with the question of what really makes human beings exceptional. It is argued that it is a special kind of love that ultimately distinguishes humans from other animals. Although other kinds of considerations, preferably cognitive ones, have most often been invoked to make such a distinction, these might eventually be found to be, at least in part, a matter of degree and not something qualitatively different, as argued here with respect to this type of love. Arguments from both scientific and philosophical sources are brought to bear on the question.

Keywords


Benevolent love; Personhood; Human Dignity

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