Lost and Found: Selfhood and Subjectivity in Love
Article first published online: 16 MAR 2012
© 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Special Issue: British Wittgenstein Society Conference 2011
Volume 35, Issue 3-4, pages 205–223, July/October 2012
How to Cite
Kronqvist, C. (2012), Lost and Found: Selfhood and Subjectivity in Love. Philosophical Investigations, 35: 205–223. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9205.2011.01468.x
- Issue published online: 19 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 16 MAR 2012
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 İlham 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.