The Journal of Value Inquiry

, Volume 50, Issue 1, pp 153–168 | Cite as

Love’s Reasons

  • Melissa Seymour Fahmy

Practical Love and Reasons for Action1

Many identify loving relationships as one of the foremost constituents of a good human life. Empirical research supports the conclusion that close loving relationships are a significant source of well-being. Nevertheless, contemporary loving relationships are shrouded in the residue of centuries of sexism and oppressive gender roles, as well as more recent cultural hostility toward same sex relationships. A chapter in Sheryl Sandberg’s widely discussed Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, is entitled “Make Your Partner a Real Partner”.2 The implication here is that not all partners are real partners, which prompts the question, what makes someone a realpartner? Some may imagine loving relationships to be beyond the reach of moral evaluation, but this must surely be false. It seems fairly clear that we can love well and also that we can love poorly. The trouble is articulating what constitutes the difference. What are the norms of a loving...


Loving Relationship Normative Implication Helicopter Parent Hybrid View Spousal Relationship 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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