A Way Out of the Dialectics of Love and Desire as the Clue to an Adequate Education of Desire
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By means of an example of a conflict of desires, it is highlighted the importance of identifying with some desires and not with others, although that is something which ultimately relies on our loves, which exhibit themselves a certain order. To keep in mind the precedence of love with respect to desire (first part of our hypothesis), discovers that there are different types of desires. Educating our desires in an appropriate way is only possible in the context of the adequate or appropriate order or hiearachy of loves (second part of our hypothesis). The paradigmatic anthropological scenario of the beginning of our existence is a privileged picture of that adequacy. Along the lines suggested in such a scenario (interpersonal union in difference), our desires can be appropriately educated so as to reach, e.g. the identification with the desire that achieves the solution of a conflictive situation. To live according to the adequate order of loves is the upshot of an educative process fuelled by the intervention of prudence and the moral virtues.