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Values of love : two forms of infinity characteristic of human persons (2020)

Heinämaa, S. (2020). Values of love : two forms of infinity characteristic of human persons. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 19(3), 431-450. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11097-019-09653-2

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All authors or editors: Heinämaa, Sara

Journal or series: Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences

ISSN: 1568-7759

eISSN: 1572-8676

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 19

Issue number: 3

Pages range: 431-450

Publisher: Springer

Publication country: Netherlands

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11097-019-09653-2

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/68038


In his late reflections on values and forms of life from the 1920s and 1930s, Husserl develops the concept of personal value and argues that these values open two kinds of infinities in our lives. On the one hand personal values disclose infinite emotive depths in human individuals while on the other hand they connect human individuals in continuous and progressive chains of care. In order to get at the core of the concept, I will explicate Husserl's discussion of personal values of love by distinguishing between five related features. I demonstrate that values of love (1) are rooted in egoic depts and define who we are as persons, (2) differ from objective values in being absolute and non-comparative, (3) ground vocational lives as organizing principles, (4) are endlessly self-disclosing and self-intensifying, and (5) establish transitive relations of care between human beings. On the basis of my five-partite distinction, I argue that that Husserl's concepts of love and value of love reveal the dynamic character of human subjectivity and intersubjectivity.

Keywords: phenomenology; emotions; love; values (conceptions); persona; I; subjectivity (quality of being subjective); intersubjectivity

Free keywords: love; values; value of love (Liebeswert); vocation; person; time; development; intersubjectivity; infinity; Husserl, Edmund

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Reporting Year: 2020

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