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Single Idea 12958

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / A. Value / 2. Values / e. Love]

Full Idea

To love is to be disposed to take pleasure in the perfection, well-being or happiness of the object of one's love.

Gist of Idea

Love is pleasure in the perfection, well-being or happiness of its object

Source

Gottfried Leibniz (New Essays on Human Understanding [1704], 2.20)

Book Reference

Leibniz,Gottfried: 'New Essays on Human Understanding', ed/tr. Remnant/Bennett [CUP 1996], p.163


A Reaction

I suppose so, though one might love a pathetic little plant that hangs on in the corner of the garden, just for its fighting qualities. He goes on to deny that we can truly love something that is incapable of happiness. Hm.