Taking love seriously: McTaggart, absolute reality and chemistry

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Joe Saunders
University of Leeds
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McTaggart takes love seriously. He rejects rival accounts that look to reduce love to pleasure, moral approbation or a fitting response to someone’s qualities. In addition, he thinks that love reveals something about the structure of the universe, and that in absolute reality, we could all love each other. In this paper, I follow McTaggart in his rejection of rival accounts of love, but distance myself from his own account of love in absolute reality. I argue that in claiming that we could all love each other, he fails to adequately account for an important part of the phenomena of love, namely chemistry.
Keywords McTaggart  Love  Chemistry  British Idealism  Emotions
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Reprint years 2017, 2018
DOI 10.1080/09608788.2017.1393617
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