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Love and Privacy

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Abstract:

How much privacy must be sacrificed by the partners in a romantic relationship? I begin by showing that we are obligated to reveal to our lovers information about ourselves that we believe could possibly cause them to withdraw their affections from us. If we were to conceal this information, then the lover would be mistaken about whom they loved, yet continue to respect obligations towards, and make sacrifices for, us. I conclude, though, by discussing some problems with both the intelligibility of this obligation and our ability to fulfil it. These problems arise from epistemological and metaphysical problems connected with the notion of a self.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-5930.00212

Affiliations: Lewis–Clark State College, Idaho United States of America

Publication date: January 1, 2002

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