Version of Record online: 9 JAN 2009
2000 by Hypatia, Inc.
Volume 15, Issue 3, pages 1–18, August 2000
How to Cite
OLIVER, K. (2000), Conflicted Love. Hypatia, 15: 1–18. doi: 10.1111/j.1527-2001.2000.tb00328.x
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Our stereotypes of maternity and paternity as manifest in the history of philosophy and psychoanalysis interfere with the ability to imagine loving relationships. The associations of maternity with antisocial nature and paternity with disembodied culture are inadequate to set up primary love relationships. Analyzing the conflicts in these associations, I reformulate the maternal body as social and lawful, and I reformulate the paternal function as embodied, which enables imagining our primary relationships as loving.