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Self-love
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In Aristotle’s ethical theory, friendly benevolence is a particular manifestation of self-love (philautia) as an ontological principle, so that what exists affirms itself in its existence (Eth. Nic. 9, 1168a, 4–6). The Synoptic tradition, following Lev 19:18 (cf. Mathys), glossed self-love with the commandment of love of one’s neighbor, which together with love of God (Love of/for God) epitomizes the binding will of God the Creator (Matt 22:34–40 parr.). Following Augustine of Hippo, theological exegesis of…

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Stock, Konrad, “Self-love”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 09 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_124804>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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