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A Rational View of Love

Here, I take the view of a Neo-Enlightenment rationalist, atheist, materialist, and meliorist. The view I espouse is not necessarily philosophical rationalism, but it is commonsense - or practical - rationalism, in that while I do not believe that every aspect of the world can be deduced from first principles, I do believe that every aspect of the world can be comprehended by human reason and ought to be so comprehended. If love is a real aspect of the world, then it, too, can and ought to be comprehended by human reason. I will henceforth refer to the view I will outline and defend here as the practical rationalist view of love, and I will contrast it, where appropriate, with both the mystical view of love - the view that characterizes much traditional Western thinking on the subject - as well as a prevalent contemporary view, which for the sake of conciseness I will refer to as the entertainment view of love.
Here, I take the view of a Neo-Enlightenment rationalist, atheist, materialist, and meliorist. The view I espouse is not necessarily philosophical rationalism, but it is commonsense - or practical - rationalism, in that while I do not believe that...
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