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    CAN LOVE INFLUENCE OUR JUDGEMENT?

    The most prominent reasons for love would seem to be properties or qualities of the beloved, such as beauty, wit, or kindness. Among many problems with this proposal, three have attracted especially close attention. First, some find the proposal fetishistic, or at least misdirected. It appears to represent Love as focused on the beloved’s accidental properties, rather than on that person’s essence. Second, if one’s reason ought to ware as the beloved loses those properties, then, one’s love ought to ware as the beloved loses those properties. Finally, if one’s reason for loving the beloved are properties, then insofar as one’s love is responsive to those reasons, it will soon…