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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?

Notions of love are Culture-specific Show more Show less

Many different cultures have specific ways of defining and experiencing love.
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Love is magic

Magic has been a fundamental part of love in many cultures over time.
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The Argument

Magic designed to cause feelings of love has been an important part of many cultural attitudes to love. Love spells were relatively common in Ancient Greek and Roman societies. Court records of love potions-turned-accidental-poisonings indicate that love potions were not unusual.[1] Love spells were largely considered masculine endeavours, cast on the recipients of male lust.[2] Love magic has been a part of multiple other disparate cultures since this time. Records of love spells have been found in 15th century England[3] and 18th century Russia.[4] Magic spells have been regarded throughout time and place as a viable path towards a deep, mutual love. It is the perfect way to create positive energies and to for one to receive back the love they are giving out.

Counter arguments

Premises

[P1] Magic can cause feelings of love in the object of the magic. [P2] Love magic is an important part of the culture of love throughout history.

Rejecting the premises


References

  1. https://theconversation.com/spells-charms-erotic-dolls-love-magic-in-the-ancient-mediterranean-98459
  2. http://fathom.lib.uchicago.edu/1/777777122299/
  3. https://recipes.hypotheses.org/1033
  4. https://recipes.hypotheses.org/4137

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