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Can you be in love with someone and not know who they are? [closed]

Can you be in love with someone and not know who they are? I think no, that you would just be a clingy friend that expects sex.
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Is Minima Moralia suggesting that everyone is exchangable property?

It is not only, as Nietzsche knew, that all good things were once evil: even the most tender of these, left to its own momentum, has the tendency to culminate in unthinkable barbarity... Abstraction ...
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Does evaluation play a role in the appraisal theory of love?

Does evaluation play a role in the appraisal theory of love? Lovers can disagree, but if there is a long standing and unreasonable lack of respect for someone's judgment, do you truly love that person?...
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What is the true nature of disgust? [closed]

“Disgust” is a multidimensional concept. When we say we find a person or their actions to cause us “disgust”, what is the underlying factor that causes this judgment? Is disgust towards people mainly ...
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Are we incapable of loving ourselves, does love only come from the outside?

Love only comes from the outside, it brings you back into attachment to what you cannot control and instigate. Love is an alienated area that advances from the unknown, from a place different from me. ...
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Can a self defeating pro attitude make for a meaningful life?

Can a self defeating pro attitude make for a meaningful life? I was thinking of "pro attitude" in the sense of when e.g. one "does what one believes to be really important" or one &...
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Does love always contain hope? [closed]

Can love exist without hope for something better for you or others? Would it be contentment, rather than love, otherwise?
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What does Marx say about the humanity of the ultra wealthy?

What does Marx say about the humanity of the ultra wealthy? I recall from a lecture handout that he says they are alienated, not from labour, but each other. How does this reflect on the species being,...
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What exactly would count as a "positively meaningful and reciprocal conscious relationship" between a person and a God?

I would like to start by quoting this answer's summary of the divine hiddenness argument: This is the crux of the atheistic Argument from Divine Hiddenness: (1) Necessarily, if God exists, then God ...
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Source for Giordano Bruno quote

I see this quote oftentimes attributed to Giordano Bruno but I cannot find it's source: “I saw that the Sun was just another star. And the stars were other Suns, each escorted by other Earths like our ...
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How to grasp in romantic relationship the difference of "to be identified with" and "do the identifying"?

I've been doing close reading for my bachelor thesis and I struggle with concept regarding love as union. To set a little bit of context: I concentrate specifically on creation and the problematic ...
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Is there such a thing as the philosophy of romance?

Is there such a thing as the philosophy of romance and romantic attraction? I understand that there are philosophies behind quite a lot of things, so I would not be surprised if there was such a thing ...
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Platonic love and "sapiosexuality"

I'll admit I have an incredibly limited understanding of the works of Plato, but upon a glossing over of the Symposium, it seems he is saying that love of intelligence is of a higher importance/...
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Can someone explain amor fati to me?

Can someone explain amor fati to me? Does it just mean love who you presently are? That seems a bit bourgeois to me. Does it mean that there's no explanation for why anything happens? Again, that ...
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Using 'love' to make sense of knowledge

I love my spouse, but I suspect (I think I believe the are) they are cheating on me, and I've even heard my friends gossip about my spouse's affairs etc.. But I love my spouse, so do not think I know -...
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Can philosophy say that "love" doesn't exist? [closed]

There must be much for a philosopher to say about such a vivid manifold phenomenon as "love" There are said to be different forms of love: agape (universal love), philautia (self-love), ...
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In Plato's Symposium, why is Diotima a woman?

Excuse the odd title - what I mean is: Diotima is the sole woman that has her say in Plato's dialogues. There are a multitude of opportunities in which he could've let a woman speak, but it never ...
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Was Socrates hypocritical about Eros?

Taken at face value, in the Symposium and Phaedrus gay love that remains unconsummated is regarded as the highest form of love between humans men. It makes the soul rise upward to the form of beauty, ...
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If we are satisfied with ourselves, then what's the point of an another relationship?

A satisfied singledom is the bedrock to a long satisfied love life. After reading this quote it really got me thinking. And one of the main questions I encountered was the following. If I really want ...
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Value from arbitrary restriction vs value from sharing

Let's take a simplifying example to illustrate two opposite worldviews: Some people see value in intangible things when access to these things is restricted as if sharing was leading to a value loss: ...
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Are love and sexual attraction completely unrelated?

The philosophy of sexuality is a more recent development. The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy says: Among the many topics explored by the philosophy of sexuality are procreation, contraception, ...
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What is a good reference on Aristotle's views of friendship (φιλία)?

What is a good reference on Aristotle's views of friendship (φιλία)?
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Epictetus quote on Love and Wise

"If someone is incapable of distinguishing good things from bad and neutral things from either – well, how could such a person be capable of love? The power to love, then, belongs only to the ...
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Is 'I'm not in love with you' a performative action?

Is 'I'm not in love with you' a performative action? These statements, just by speaking them, carry out a certain action and exhibit a certain level of power I seem to have a huge problem getting ...
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If love could be measured as a physical energy, would it be philosophically / scientifically important? [closed]

Surely, philosophically, this scientific breakthrough is important: Whilst watching one of world-renowned polymath Gregg Braden's many presentations online, he introduced the principle that the 'love ...
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What is love actually? [closed]

Okayyy.. this can be a bit long but if you can give satisfactory ANSWER to it... it might be very helpful to me... so the situation about me is.... How do you come to know if you are in love? You ...
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What philosopher regarded the end and purpose of human life to be in relationships with other individuals?

I remember in my undergrad being taught about some philosopher who regarded the whole end and purpose of human existence to be primarily that of relationship with other people. I dont remember if he ...
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is it logically possible to love evil?

If assuming this basic presupposition, or axiom of a realist type position concerning the Good and an anti-realist position of the Bad/Evil in relation to the Good in a negative existence or absence ...
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Can a Woman truly fall in love with the Devil? If so, will she go to Heaven or Hell, after her life? Why? [closed]

I'm a Christian Baptist, and this is not a troll, I'm genuinely interested in an honest and in-depth answer, regarding all science and religious philosophy, both mysticism and pragmatism. The question,...
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Is loving someone essentially selfish?

Isn’t loving someone ultimately selfish simply because you take pleasure from that relationship? Is there any kind of relationship in the world in which one does not expect to get pleasure when they ...
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What philosophers believed marriage is man's ultimate perfection?

It seems Plato believed this when he says, through Aristophanes in the Symposium: After the division [by Zeus,] the two parts of man, each desiring his other half, came together, and throwing their ...
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Really, what is love? [closed]

What do people mean when they say "love"? Do they know what they are saying or has the English language messed up the meaning, ie it may not exist? How does it differ from “like”? Is it pure feeling ...
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Where does this Alan Watts audio clip come from?

I'm trying to locate the source of an Alan Watts quote/audio clip that has been used in numerous YouTube edits. It is referenced in some places as the 'Falling Into Love' lecture, but there is no such ...
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What does this line from "A Happy Death" by Camus mean? [closed]

Here is a set of lines from the book 'A Happy Death ' by 'Albert Camus' : 'In the past, whenever Mersault had spent any time with one woman, he made the first gestures of commitment, he was conscious ...
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How can a person truly love another if hard determinism is true?

I have a wife and two kids. According to hard determinism, I was determined since time began moving forward to marry my wife and have my children. Every moment we share together was also predetermined,...
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Did Ancient Greeks believed that only God can give Agape Love, the unconditional love for everyone?

Ancient Greeks defined love as 6 different types. Eros, Philia, Ludus, Agape, Pragma, Philautia. Agape love is Unconditional Love. Can God only give Agape Love, the unconditional love for everyone? ...
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Does anyone say that dying for a cause is always irrational? [closed]

Does anyone say that dying for a cause is always irrational? I wouldn't gloss Heidegger's freedom-toward-death, like that, but it might be broadly similar. On the one hand, I would prefer to die ...
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Is the way we love deterministric?

Is the only way we are able to love the way we have been loved? In other words: Do we learn how to love? What is the relation between giving love and receiving love? (regardless of the definition of ...
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Does love exist? [closed]

The above is a question I would like (love, if you will) an analytic answer to. My belief for the past few years has been, no, definitely not - but I am interested in the counter argument, or if you ...
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Marsilio Ficino' commentary on the Symposium on Love guidance

Is Marsilio Ficino's commentary on the Symposium on Love a good book to read alongside the Symposium for someone who is reading the Platonic dialogue? Does it give a good understanding of the ...
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What stoicism offers for platonic love? [closed]

There is a girl that I am in love with, and she is going to marry soon, not with me. We are friends, and I don't want to lose her; however, it hurts. Can stoicism help me with that? If it can, how?
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Love and caring (Frankfurt)

In his work, Harry Frankfurt uses 'caring' and 'loving' as two separate things. But what is the difference between the two?
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How do I compose a paper analyzing a philosophical work?

I am thoroughly analyzing Plato's Symposium.I would like advice on how to compose an essay/paper on what I have read. I have written notes from many times I have gone and reread the dialogues. I have ...
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Why is engaging others as friends considered good while engaging others sexually considered bad?

Cheating on one's partner(s) is considered a bad thing in most societies; it's definitely often taboo. With "cheating", I mean engaging with another human being in an intimate way, without your life ...
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How can we respond to evil with love? [closed]

Any ideas on how we can (or can't) respond to evil with love? It's clear how a Christian or Buddhist (or any person of religion) may respond to such a question but I cannot seem to grasp how others ...
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Finding a quote on the philosophy of love [closed]

When I was a teenager I read a book which described a certain philosophy of love. Unfortunately I cannot remember the name of that book, but according to that book: love is neither a feeling nor an ...
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Suicide versus the Will to Live

Schopenhauer's idea of Will to Live was the idea that love is a tool used by life to reproduce children. He then said that people with whom we are likely to make the most "well-balanced" ...
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Falling in love conditionally

The question that is nagging me is that if romantic love happens after an individual achieves a certain degree of financial success or any condition that may be desirable, is such a love more love ...
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Qualia without consciousness or sense

Similar to this question I wondered whether affect was a qualia, and if so whether it can be shown to depend on other aspects of experience (consciousness, tactile feelings). Perhaps there is nothing ...
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Why is love included in Badiou's enumeration of truth procedures?

Admittedly I have not read the actual Badiou. So will someone brief me: Why is "love" included in Badiou's list of the four "truth procedures" of which philosophy is necessarily independent--rather ...
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