Lauren Edwards is a PhD student at York University in Toronto, Canada.
Lauren’s doctoral research project asks – can there be love without object or beloved? Love is often defined as a particular lover/beloved relation – love is the union of lover and beloved; love is the recognition of value in or bestowal of value upon the beloved by the lover; or love is the emotional response of the lover to the beloved. Definitions like these make the beloved essential to what love is; but is it? Drawing on feminist theory, analytic and continental philosophy, quantum physics, and neuroscience, I hope to argue that it is not; that there is a type of love without object, an intransitive love, and that our theories of what love is must be re-thought.