Friday, January 21, 2011
“Only someone who continues to possess a nonsubservient autonomy can be an apt
partner in a joint identity that enlarges and enhances your individual one. (233)”
An ideal/limit for what counts as ‘love’?
Idea that you don’t get a loving relationship if you’re subservient
Personal Autonomy (SEP): “Self-governing agents are autonomous agents”
• Ties in responsibility, accountability
Aristophanes suggests we have a single partner that we’re dragged to by our
metaphysical nature; Nozick suggests that while love and desire have something to do
with the relationship, free will and choice also play a role; making a choice to be
involved in such a relationship. We seek out someone suitable to become a ‘we’ with –
we look for certain characteristics – not a singular person.
Union has priority over people in the union. The desire for union has us looking at people
in a different way. Process requires autonomy.
‘We’ must be desired and chosen by both members – can’t passively accept the
relationship; need to make it for themselves
“The caution may become as great as when two suspicious groups or nations – Israel and
the Palestinians – need to recognize the legitimacy of one another. (235)”
• Related to the legitimacy of another person? Fair comparison?
• Not just legitimate as a person, take each other as autonomous individuals and it’s
• Appreciation of the autonomy, agreement not to interfere, expectation that you’re
not going to be subservient to the other
“A readiness to trade up…”
• Directly criticizi