Understanding the Nature of Love
If we think about love as a creative act, we are faced with two main concerns. One concern is the notion that love is a reaction to the antecedent value of the object of affection. This concern can be addressed by appealing to the value of the beloved. This view has some merit, but it fails to account for why love is so creative. Ultimately, we can’t explain love in terms of antecedent value alone. It requires some reevaluation of how we understand the nature of love.
First, love is an emotion. It begins with positive feelings and commitment, and forms the basis of a lover’s worldview. The beloved becomes the center of that world. If the relationship between the two is strong enough, the love will be permanent. Love is a complex, multifaceted emotion, and it is a natural human response to human connection. While love may be a complex emotion, its basic premise remains the same: love is a human emotional response to another person or object.
Secondly, love is a positive, self-sacrificing emotion. It does not hurt others, nor does it cause harm. It never seeks its own interests or desires. It also does not engage in self-destructive behavior. It is a non-violent emotion, which is expressed in the form of unconditional love. This is one of the primary pillars of love. As such, it is important to understand the nature of this emotion. It may involve many different forms, such as sexual attraction and sexual intercourse.
The emotional complexity view sees love as a multifaceted emotional attitude toward another person. It articulates the various interconnections between people and avoids the overly reductionistic teleological focus of the robust concern view and the overly abstract, union view. Because it doesn’t require a specific formal object, this theory is not reducible to its simplest form. In other words, it allows for love to be evaluative, and non-reductivistic.
On the other hand, a general account of love is lacking in philosophical debate. In the case of personal love, Frankfurt (1999) and Jaworska (2017) have offered some more general views. These works offer a better overall picture of what love is. Nonetheless, we can’t completely exclude the personal dimension. Whether love is a union of people or an expression of individual autonomy is another matter entirely. And if love is a response to another person, it’s important to keep this in mind.
There are many theories on the different types of love. The Eros style is based on physical attraction, sexual intimacy, and the intense attachment forged over time. However, it is not always possible to build a long-term relationship with an erotic lover. For some people, this type of love is a temporary attraction whereas for others, it could lead to a long-term love. When this happens, the relationship may break down quickly.