June 28, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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Poll results have turned from guns and taxes to love and happiness--whew! This month while Andy is off in Germany, we'll discuss "What is love?" It's a subject that has been on philosophers' minds for centuries. Because it's such a vast topic, I propose that we discuss the following specific topics: What are the different possible kinds of love--do the ancient concepts of eros, philia, and agape capture them all? Should love refer only to personal love? And finally, what is the value and justification of love? The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/love/) and the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (http://www.iep.utm.edu/love/) give different overview of the philosophy of love. Since I am a psychologist, I'm also throwing in the Triangular Theory of Love by Robert Sternberg, which purports to encompass all of the different types of love (). And just in time for this discussion, the May/June 2014 issue of Philosophy Now http://philosophynow.org/issues/81/What_Is_Love) presents seven short essays on the question "What is love?," each giving the topic a unique twist.
Please note: if you want to start discussing love before we meet or have additional resources to post, please use the Discussions board for that purpose (link at the top of the page) to reduce the number of e-mails that go out to the entire group.