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Is it possible to romantically love more than one person?

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Started: 2/13/2015 Category: Philosophy
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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rbyrne95

Pro

1. Love is an emotion, one which conveys strong feelings of attraction towards another person.

2. Love is very complex, and many people have difficulty determining whether they are in love or not.

3. People often break up with a partner and start dating a new one. Sometimes those people still have romantic feelings for their original partner. This does not mean that those people do not love their new partner.

4. No human has a set amount of emotions that they can give. Just because someone loves somebody, does not mean that they do not have more love to give to another.

5. there have most likely been plenty of people who have loved more than one person. However the way this is viewed by society has made these people keep those thoughts of romantic love for someone other than their original partner hidden.

6. There are several religions at one point or another that have allowed polygamy. It would seem that these religions thought it was definitely possible to love more than one person.

7. Therefore,on the grounds that love is such a complex emotion, and that every person has a near infinite amount to give. Along with the claim that there are most likely people who have loved more than one person at the same time. It must be possible to romantically love more than one person.

Non Controversial statements- 1,2,6. Point 1 is just a definition of love. Point 2 is just an explanation that love is complex, something that people tend to agree with. Point 6 is just talking about various religions that allowed for polygamy to be a practice.

Controversial statements- 3,4,5. Point 3 can be argued, if you feel that the person dating someone new does not truly love their old partner. Point 4 can be argued if you think there is a set amount of emotions that a human can give. 5 claims that there are people who have romantic feelings for more than one, but for one reason or another they keep them hidden; that can be argued if you do not think these people exist.
kbui94

Con

1.Yes, I agree that love is an emotion, which one conveys strong feelings of attraction towards another person.

2.I also agree

3.I disagree because it may not be romantic feelings that the person is feeling and may just be a physical attachment to them and you cannot prove between two presumed lovers.

4.I disagree with this premise because a person has a set amount of emotions that one can give because romantic love cannot be given equally between more than one person as the society states.

5.I disagree with this because saying there are plenty of people who have loved more than one person but society makes them keep it hidden since the people that are considered to have existed may be confused with the thoughts of romantic love.

6.I agree

7.On the account that, love is an emotion that one has strong feelings of attraction towards another person, romantic love is something that cannot be shared equally between people. Therefore, it is not possible to romantically love more than one person at once.

Non-Controversial: 1,2,6. 1 is a definition of love, 2. Is stating that it is very complex and many people have a difficult time whether they are in love or not. Premise 6 states that certain religions that seem possible to have loved more than one person.

Controversial: 3,4,5. Premise 3 can be argued that a person may not be having romantic feelings and might have physical attachment to the person. Premise 4 can be argued that there is not a set amount of emotions a person can give to another. Premise 5 can be argued based on the one may think that a person can exist that claims they romantically love more than one person.
Debate Round No. 1
rbyrne95

Pro

1.alright

2.alright

3.In order to feel that way in the first place there must have been romantic feelings there. The attachment that they feel could be the left over feelings of romantic love that they used to have. It may be smaller than it was before but it is still there.

4.I feel that there is no cap on the amount of emotions a person can give. If there is the feeling of romantic love, It does not have to be even between the two people, it just has to be there for both. Just because a person might love one of their partners less, that does not mean that they do not romantically love that person.

5.There may be confusion there, but if it were not so taboo to show that a person has more than one lover. I guarantee that a large amount of people would do so.

6.alright
kbui94

Con

3. With that being said, there could be romantic feelings of the former partner that may be smaller than it was before and shows that they are still thinking of the person. Which may interfere with the person"s emotion that involves some form of neglecting of the new partner.

4. I understand that a person may love one of their other lovers more but, it just proves the fact that the person is showing their affections more so for that other individual to go toward that they only have romantic feelings for only one person.

5. But in doing so, the true meaning of romantically loving someone is no longer the case because everyone would be going toward this action as a trend instead of an act of love. Your statement says that if were not a taboo many would do so but it would cause just an attraction or addiction not romantic love.
Debate Round No. 2
rbyrne95

Pro

3.I agree that the romantic feelings mean that a person would be thinking of the old partner. While that may be a bit neglectful towards the new partner, it does not mean that there is no romantic love between that person and the new partner. It shows that while the person does romantically love the new partner, there are still remnants of romantic love for the old one.

4.Just because a person shows more affection towards one of their partners, does not mean romantic love does not exist with the other. It simply means that they have more romantic love for one of their partners.

5.I agree there would be some people coming forth just for the sake of showing how many people they can be with at the same time. That does not mean that there won't be just as many people coming forth confessing their true love for the multiple people that they are with.R03;
kbui94

Con

3. How would it be possibly be for remnants of romantic love for the old love? I understand that it would be love but I wouldn"t exactly call it romantic love because the person may be confused on the concept of romantically loving some versus just loving.

4. How would you know if romantic love is actually existent at that time, it could still just be like a memory and just feeling sentimental about the current situation of the new partner from the new partner.

5. I disagree, because there may just be people coming forth while saying they are romantically in love when actually they are just doing it because of personal pleasure.
Debate Round No. 3
rbyrne95

Pro

1. Love is an emotion, one which conveys strong feelings of attraction towards another person.

2. Love is very complex, and many people have difficulty determining whether they are in love or not.

3. while it may be difficult for people to know whether they romantically love both partners, it would not be impossible. There would definitely have to be someone who knows.

4.while it would be difficult to truly gage the amount of love a person might be feeling. Due to the love a person can feel not having a limit, a person can definitely give the amount of love necessary to be in romantic love with two partners.

5.While there would definitely be a lot of people who would be faking their love for two people. There would definitely be at least one person who is being truthful about their feelings towards his or her partner.

6. There are several religions, at one point or another that have allowed polygamy. It would seem that these religions thought it was definitely possible to love more than one person.

Therefore, While you do bring up several compelling arguments. Like not truly knowing whether people are in love or not, or the fact that there would be a lot of fakers coming forward about their relationships. R03;I still feel as though due to the complexity of love, and because no person has a set amount of love to give. It is possible to Romantically love more than one person.
kbui94

Con

1. Both sides have agreed that love is an emotion, which one conveys strong feelings of attraction towards another person.

2. We also agreed that love is very complex, and many people have difficulty determining whether they are in love or not.

3, I still disagree because when someone breaks up with a person, their attention is usually shifted to that new person. So that would mean that it would be impossible to romantically love more than one person at once

4. I still disagree because there is a set amount of love a person can give. Since there are different types of love but in terms of romantic love, it would not be possible to share that love with more than one person.

5. I still disagree with this premise because you would never be able to find out if the person is feeling the same between the two people and would be lying about being able to romantically love more than on person.

6. I agree with the fact that polygamy in some religions that it is a practice and considered it possible to love more than one person.

7.Therefore, it is not possible to romantically love more than one person at once.
Debate Round No. 4
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