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What is love? Show more Show less
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Few words in the English language convey such a range of meanings as the word "love". For many, love is the point of existence, for others it's the manifestation of the divine, for some it is a tool of oppression. No other subject has spawned so much poetry. But what is love? Is it an animalistic urge, a mystical aspiration, a social construct, a neurological glitch, or nothing at all?

Love is a verb Show more Show less

Like any other verb, love is a relational action, something we engage in and act upon.
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Love and eroticism

Eroticism is a fundamental part of what we consider love to be.
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The Argument

Eroticism concerns the aesthetics of love, the qualities that cause sexual desire. These are central to the experience and construction of love - what is true, authentic love without accompanying desire? Being the pursuit of transcendent aesthetic pleasure, "eroticism, unlike simple sexual activity, is a psychological quest... eroticism is assenting to life even in death".[1] Love is not authentic without accompanying desire and sensuality. Eroticism is the most pivotal part of the human experience of love, and a central part of understanding love as a whole.

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[P1] There cannot be true love without intense desire and, therefore, eroticism.

Rejecting the premises


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