Under what circumstances can love generate moral reasons for action? Are there morally appropriate ways to love? Can an occurrence of love or a failure to love constitute a moral failure? Is it better to love morally good people?
This volume explores the moral dimensions of love through the lenses of political philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience. It attempts to discern how various social norms affect our experience and understanding of love, how love, relates to other affective states such as emotions and desires, and how love influences and is influenced by reason. What love is affects what love ought to be. Conversely, our ideas of what love ought to be partly determined by our conception of what love is.
Arina Pismenny is lecturer at the University of Florida.
Berit Brogaard is cooper fellow, professor of philosophy and director of the Brogaard Lab for Multisensory Research at the University of Miami and professor II at the University of Oslo.
The Moral Psychology of Love (or How to Think About Love): Introduction
Arina Pismenny and Berit Brogaard
SECTION I LOVE: APPROACHES AND META-QUESTIONS
1 Don’t Ask If Love Is Moral
Ronald de Sousa
2 The Neurobiology of Love
Donatella Marazziti and Alessandra Della Vecchia
3 The Good and Bad of Love and Hate
Katherine Aumer and Michael A. Erickson
4 The Role of Ideals in Intimate Relationships
Robert J. Sternberg
SECTION II RELATIONSHIPS AND NORMS
5 Love for One? Romantic Love and Altruism in Pair-bonds
Bianca P. Acevedo
6 “I Am Glad That My Partner Is Happy with Her Lover”: On Jealousy, and Compersion
7 Multiple Loves and Shaped Selves
8 Being Trans, Being Loved: Clashing Identities and the Limits of Love
SECTION III LOVE AND MORALITY
9 The Possibility of a Duty to Love
10 Love and Integrity
11 Vices of Friendship
12 Internal Bleeding: How Covert Misogyny within Loving Relationships Tears Us Apart
Caroline R. Lundquist
13 Interrogating the Immorality of Infidelity
Jennifer L. Piemonte, Staci Gusakova, Jennifer D. Rubin, and Terri D. Conley
About the Authors
The Moral Psychology of Love is definitely a book that I would read and recommend to students and colleagues. There is a wide range of topics, but it remains cohesive as a volume. It is thought provoking, well structured, and covers topics that are not currently addressed in similar literature.