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Conclusion
ByEmma Engdahl
Pages 3

This conclusion presents a closing thoughts on key concepts discussed in this book. Many of the voices heard throughout the book perceive love as a form of recognition that is based on primary relationships and consists of strong emotional bonds. Such relationships require from us a mutual recognition of the other and the self as social beings with concrete needs, as well as wishes, dreams and desires. Some voices even argued that intersubjectivity is impossible. But, most voices convey a view of pure subjectivity or pure objectivity as a distortion of the ideal of love, ultimately a kind of inhuman condition. As a commodity, love becomes a type of knowledge, which can both be taught and bought. In the predetermination, both the other and the self are objectified, which means they are both locked in while love as an ideal slips through people's fingers.