Lost and Found: Selfhood and Subjectivity in Love

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Sartre's conception of bad faith suggests that every desire to be someone in love is self-deceptive in the attempt to define my factual being. Departing from Ilham Dilman's discussion of personal identity, I argue that this view on selfhood is inattentive to the kind of personal and moral reflection inherent in asking who I am. There is a temptation in love to deceive myself and you by renouncing responsibility. Yet the concept also embodies demands that allow me to continuously shape myself into a loving subject by scrutinising my responses and by asking whether they are expressive of love or not.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205–223
Number of pages19
JournalPhilosophical Investigations
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2012
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • love
  • Subjectivity


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