The knowledge of love


  • Martha Nussbaum Brown University
  • Rosa Helena Santos-Ihlau Freie Universität Berlin



Knowledge of love, narrative, philosophy


Within the scope of a narrative context, the viewpoint of this paper is to broach the issue of how to attain knowledge about our love on the basis of a comparison between the sceptical and distrustful behaviour of the reader of philosophy and the open and trusting demeanour of the reader of narratives. On the one hand philosophy enables the idea of love to be clarified by means of an analysis of concepts, thereby leading toa discovery of what love truly is in the realm of the soul and how knowledge thereofmay take shape. On the other narrative underlines how the complex character and multiple forms of those elements treated together with the temporal evolution of what is narrated are not actually present in explicit and reflective theories. Martha Nussbaum claims that the human heart needs active reflection and that so as to allow a space for love stories to unfurl, philosophy should be more literary and keep a tighter bond with narrative and thus contemplate respectfully the latter's mystery and open endings.

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2019-06-12 — Updated on 2022-02-12

How to Cite

Nussbaum, M., & Santos-Ihlau, R. H. (2022). The knowledge of love. Estudios De Filosofía, (11), 169–198.




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