Ideas from 'The Reasons of Love' by Harry G. Frankfurt [2005], by Theme Structure

[found in 'The Reasons of Love' by Frankfurt,Harry G. [Princeton 2006,0-691-12624-0]].

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10. Modality / A. Necessity / 9. Normative Necessity
Love creates a necessity concerning what to care about
22. Metaethics / A. Value / 1. Nature of Value / d. Subjective value
It is by caring about things that we infuse the world with importance
If you don't care about at least one thing, you can't find reasons to care about anything
22. Metaethics / A. Value / 1. Nature of Value / f. Ultimate value
Our criteria for evaluating how to live offer an answer to the problem
What is worthwhile for its own sake alone may be worth very little
22. Metaethics / A. Value / 2. Values / e. Love
Love can be cool, and it may not involve liking its object
Rather than loving things because we value them, I think we value things because we love them
The paradigm case of pure love is not romantic, but that between parents and infants
I value my children for their sake, but I also value my love for them for its own sake
22. Metaethics / B. The Good / 2. Happiness / d. Routes to happiness
We might not choose a very moral life, if the character or constitution was deficient
22. Metaethics / B. The Good / 3. Pleasure / a. Nature of pleasure
People want to fulfill their desires, but also for their desires to be sustained
22. Metaethics / C. Ethics Foundations / 1. Nature of Ethics / d. Ethical theory
Ranking order of desires reveals nothing, because none of them may be considered important
22. Metaethics / C. Ethics Foundations / 2. Source of Ethics / b. Rational ethics
Morality isn't based on reason; moral indignation is quite unlike disapproval of irrationality
23. Ethics / A. Egoism / 1. Ethical Egoism
Loving oneself is not a failing, but is essential to a successful life
23. Ethics / F. Existentialism / 4. Boredom
Boredom is serious, not just uncomfortable; it threatens our psychic survival
25. Society / C. Social Justice / 3. Social Freedom / e. Freedom of lifestyle
Freedom needs autonomy (rather than causal independence) - embracing our own desires and choices