The universalist command to “love thy neighbor as thyself” refers the topic to those surrounding him, who he should love unilaterally if required.

The universalist command to “love thy neighbor as thyself” refers the topic to those surrounding him, who he should love unilaterally if required. The demand employs the logic of mutual reciprocity, and tips at an Aristotelian foundation that the topic should love himself in certain appropriate way: for embarrassing outcomes would ensue in a particularly inappropriate, perverted manner if he loved himself! Philosophers can debate the type of “self-love” implied in this—from the Aristotelian idea that self-love is...

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