Love, Ethics, and Authenticity: Beauvoir's Lesson in What It Means to Read
Article first published online: 10 MAR 2010
© by Hypatia, Inc.
Volume 25, Issue 2, pages 334–356, Spring 2010
How to Cite
BOULOUS WALKER, M. (2010), Love, Ethics, and Authenticity: Beauvoir's Lesson in What It Means to Read. Hypatia, 25: 334–356. doi: 10.1111/j.1527-2001.2010.01104.x
- Issue published online: 12 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 10 MAR 2010
Beauvoir's distinction between romantic and authentic love offers us an opportunity for thinking through the complex relations among philosophy, reading, and love. If we accept her account of romantic love as a flawed, dependent mode of being, and her suggestion that an authentic love—one that engages maturely with the other—is possible, then we might take the risk of thinking of reading in these terms.