November 24th, 2005

what is love?

a.lesson

Because the holidays are coming up, because an increasing percentage of this student body are hormonally-driven wrecks, and because it is one of the most fascinating subjects to me, I thought I'd cover love in this week's class.

The philosophical treatment of love transcends a variety of sub-disciplines including epistemology, metaphysics, religion, human nature, politics and ethics. Often statements or arguments concering love, its nature and role in human life for example, connect to one or all the central theories of philosophy, and is often compared with, or examined in the context of, the philosophies of sex and gender. The task of a philosophy of love is to present the appropriate issues in a cogent manner, drawing on relevant theories of human nature, desire, ethics, etc. I will, or will attempt to, examine the nature of love and some ethical and political ramifications.

The Nature of LoveCollapse )
Further conceptual considerations...Collapse )
Romantic loveCollapse )
Physical, emotional and spiritual loveCollapse )
Ethics and PoliticsCollapse )

This has touched on some of the main elements of the philosophy of love. It reaches into many philosophical fields, notably theories of human nature, the self, and of the mind. The language of love, as it is found in other languages as well as in English, is similarly broad and deserves more attention. I apologize for the length and, as always, ask questions. Please. There is nothing better you can do for yourself.

[Tiny mun note. :x]Collapse )
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