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Taking love seriously : McTaggart, absolute reality and chemistry.

Saunders, Joe (2018) 'Taking love seriously : McTaggart, absolute reality and chemistry.', British journal for the history of philosophy., 26 (4). pp. 719-737.


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.

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Publisher statement:This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in British Journal for the History of Philosophy on 28 Nov 2017, available online:
Date accepted:21 September 2017
Date deposited:13 December 2018
Date of first online publication:28 November 2017
Date first made open access:28 May 2019

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