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 verbShow moreShow less
Like any other verb, love is a relational action, something we engage in and act upon.
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".
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.
[P1] There cannot be true love without intense desire and, therefore, eroticism.