Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (UNL) Conference System, 1st Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies Conference

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Love after scarcity
Andreu Ballús Santacana

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Date: 2015-09-26 04:30 PM – 06:00 PM
Last modified: 2015-08-08


A scarcity paradigm has traditionally dominated the politics and metaphysics of love: romantic love has tended to be characterized as something that has to do with finding “the Only True One” amongst false candidates. The dominance of this social imagery on love has its long term causes in biology and in the material conditions of existence of historical societies.  Moreover, this paradigm of love seems to be persistent, maintaining a strong continued influence in the way social relations are defined and in the kind of narratives that support the functioning of basic social institutions such as the family.

This traditional conception of love as scarce can be seen as a result of the deep influence of a certain group of ontologies focused in concepts such as Negativity, Lack and reducibility. But there exists an alternative ontological tradition, focused on the ideas of difference, novelty and potentiality, which conceives reality as becoming and excess. I believe that this philosophical tradition, which includes authors as Spinoza, Nietzsche, Bergson and Deleuze, provides an ontological basis through which both the metaphysics of romantic love and its ethics and politics can be rethought in terms of freedom and possibility, and ultimately freed from the sway of the scarcity mentality.