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Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal

Volume 1, April 2008

Chris Stevens
Pages 2-7
DOI: 10.5840/stance200811

A Critical Discussion of Sartre on Love

Pessimism about the stability of intra-personal relationships runs deeply in the philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre. I begin by examining how this pessimism arises from Sartre’s ontology, particularly considering the attitude of love towards the Other. I then suggest that there may be space within Sartre’s philosophy for a defense of love as a positive relation to the Other which need not be destined to cycle into attitudes toward the Other such as hate or masochism.