This two-day course provides an overview of both historical views of love and friendship and also the modern philosophical discussion. We will study examples from literature, film and real life to bring the philosophy of personal relationships alive.
- Read and understand basic philosophical texts on friendship and love;
- Critically evaluate various philosophical positions on the subject;
- Understand the historical perspective of writings on friendship and love;
- Consider how their own and other modern views fit into this perspective.
Friends and Lovers: The Philosophy of Personal Relationships
- Classical views of love of friendship and love
- The Romantic Ideal – now and then
- What makes a friend? The structure of relationships
- Different types of love: what can we love and how do we love?
Each session will combine lectures and tutor-led discussion.
Vernon, M., 2006. The Philosophy of Friendship. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Milligan, T., 2011. Love (The Art of Living series) Durham: Acumen.
Stanford Encylopaedia of Philosophy (entries on Aristotle, Love and Friendship)
Handouts will be provided.
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