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Can people be romantically in love with more than one person at a time?

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Started: 2/14/2015 Category: Philosophy
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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ranawldee

Pro

1. It is possible to romantically love more than one person.
2. Love is deep feeling of affection towards another.
3. Romantically is the act of expressing love towards another.
4. Humans are capable of expressing love towards more than one person at a time, for example it is possible for one to bring flowers to multiple loved ones in one day.
5. Bring flowers could be considered an act of expressing love.
6. Sex can be considered an act of love.
7. Many cultures practice polygamy.
8. The idea of loving only one person is made up by religious organization in an effort stop polygamy, why would religious organizations try to stop something that was not happening, hence loving more than one person is possible and present in human culture
9. We are mammals that evolved from less advanced kind.
10. The purpose of animals, including mammals, is survival of the fittest, which is to pass on ones genes to the next generation as many times as possible, creating a better opportunity for survival of one's genes.
11. If humans evolved to only love on person it would decrease the chance for ones genes to survive.
12. Example, if you loved one person who could not bear children, than you chance of passing on your genes is zero.
13. Therefore, it is possible to romantically love more than one person at once, since religious organization are trying to stop it from occurring, why would they stop something that is not happening.

Non-controversial premises
Premise 2 and Premise 3 because they are definitions.
Premise 5 because it is an act that is considered expressing love
Premise 9 - scientific definition
Premise 10 - scientific definition

Controversial Premises
Premise 1 - view of argument
Premise 4 - opinion
Premise 6 - opinion that can be argued
Premise 7 - not concrete definition
Premise 8 - opinion on subject matter
Premise 11 - conclusion to previous premises
Premise 12 - example
Premise 13 - conclusion
jennaoconnor

Con

Jenna- Round 1- Con
1.Sometimes in a relationship two people have been together for a very long time. At one time the relationship was based on romantic love, but slowly over time it dissolved to more of the type of love you feel for a brother or sister. These feelings are sometimes unbeknownst to the parties involved so when they do feel romantic love for another person they may think they are in love with two people at one time.
2.People sometimes confuse sex, lust, and infatuation for feelings of romantic love.
3.Thinking that you are romantically in love with two people at once is an indicator that you are emotionally confused and not being honest with how you feel.
4 & 5. Humans are very capable of expressing love to more than one person at a time, but that type of love could be platonic, such as the feelings towards a family member. My mother and sister share the same birthday, I sent them both flowers. Does this mean I am romantically in love with my mother and sister?
6. Sex can be considered an act of romantic love but can also be an act of lust, infatuation, or boredom. Sex alone has no indication of romantic love.
7. The practice of polygamy itself does not prove that it is possible to romantically love more than one person at the same time. It merely proves that a man has more than one wife. There are millions of people in this world that are in loveless marriages.
8. Religious organizations may have been trying to stop polygamy trying to prevent the lopsided ratio between men and woman couples which has nothing to do with romantically loving more than one person at once.
9. Being mammals have no bearing on if it is possible to romantically love more than one person at the same time.
10. I agree with the concept of survival of the fittest and that it is hardwired into genes to procreate as much as possible. However, there is a difference between mere sex and romantic love.
11. Why isn"t it possible to stay with one mate, whom you truly love and trust to raise children the right way with and have multiple children as opposed to just having sex with multiple partners having one child each with no love, decreasing the chance that the man will be able to help raise any of the children?
12. What if the man truly loves his wife romantically and has no desire to have children? And if the man did want to have children and cheated on his wife, does this necessarily indicate romantic love or just sex for the primary reason of procreation.
13. Love is deep feeling of affection towards another.
14. It is not possible to love more than one person at once.
15. Therefore, people involved in the relationship aren"t always honest with themselves or their partner.
16. Therefore, people sometimes cannot distinguish romantic love from other feelings.
17. Therefore, some kind gestures are indicative of more than one type of love.
18. Therefore, sex and sometimes procreation is a component of romantic love, not its entirety.

Controversial:
1. If the feelings of romantic love were once there then they will always be there regardless if the love has presently evolved to another kind.
2. That being emotionally confused has no bearing on ones capability to romantically love more than one person.
Debate Round No. 1
ranawldee

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jennaoconnor

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Debate Round No. 2
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jennaoconnor

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