Discuss "What is love?"

  • 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.

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  • David h.

    Kamala Devi's YouTube video " Beyond Monogamy Preview Call 2103 " is a respectful expansion at the concept of " love "

    July 2

  • greggrthomas

    Who won?
    What did we decide?
    I love people but I love guns more and hate taxes. LOL

    July 2

  • alvin f.

    In the long ago all partners may not have been willing participants in group encounters and rape was not out of the possibility. Now we have laws that limit the unwilling use of people for sex.

    July 2

  • alvin f.

    I do not remember saying two's company three is a crowd. I might be willing to be a group participant anything is worth trying once.

    1 · July 1

  • A former member
    A former member

    Look into your lovers eyes. If you see yourself in the light shining back at you then it is good. if you see darkness and pain run like hell away. this is the old Buddhist soul mate test. It is preformed in every Buddhist marriage ceremony. If your lover looks away you do not get married. It is also called a Nirvana and Bliss. It also in known in the west a Consummate love that is found in Andy's love triangle he posted.

    there is a special one for everyone. Two is a company and three is a crowd.
    [masked] a0

    June 10

    • Sheri G.

      Your "two is company and three is a crowd" comment reminds me of the judgmental sayings about homosexual relationships. One does not opt to be homosexual. One does not opt to be polyamorous. There is some question as to whether or not monogamy is natural - if we look back across the evolutionary past, it certainly is not.

      July 1

  • alvin f.

    great

    June 28

  • Sheri G.

    I need to change my RSVP - I have a friend coming with me. I can't seem to locate an option to change my reservation.

    June 22

    • Pam A.

      I updated it from inside Meetup Sheri.

      June 22

  • David h.

    Helen Fisher an anthropologist does a wonderful talk on youtube called "the nature of love".
    Esther Perel , a counselor's counselor has many YouTube dealing with the various affects of love and the mess of being human. I
    Nicole Daedone , teaches "Orgasmic Meditation", a Tibetan / tantric practice , "The How To OM Video" a practice to teach men to learn " women".
    l Love seems to be far too complex to deal with clearly, even when you break it down into smaller details I don't think you can get it all right, just being willing to talk about things open and honestly is a major step. ;-)

    1 · June 20

  • Telory D.

    Sometimes I wonder if romantic love is really a form of narcissism. Do we not tend to search for ourselves in the ones we love?

    1 · June 20

  • greggrthomas

    I thought this one was interesting:
    "Love is giving someone the power to destroy you, and trusting them not to. "

    2 · June 20

  • greggrthomas

    Plans changed again, I'm back in. :)

    June 20

  • David h.

    Helen Fisher does a TED talk "the brain in love" , I thought quite enlightening.

    June 12

  • Sheri G.

    Re: my attendance. My mother is in the final stages of dying of cancer. Should she die on or just before the 28th I, obviously will not attend.

    June 11

    • Pam A.

      I'm sorry Sheri. I've been down that sad road.

      June 12

  • Pam A.

    Gee, that Discussion/Message board suggestion is working out well.

    1 · June 11

  • greggrthomas

    Ben, where's Paganism???

    June 10

  • Angela P.

    Ben, leave something for the rest of us! Is your crown of thorns too tight? lol Looking forward to another interesting discussion.

    June 10

  • Delia

    fyi - The triangle is great. I'm also curious to discuss the concept of "unconditional love" if we get a chance.

    June 10

  • A former member
    A former member

    Satanists call it Satan love knot. But it is not holy matrimony. It is vile to the bone. Two evil married soul mates pollute the whole universe. Swedenborg called it Infernal marriage.
    [masked] a0

    June 10

  • A former member
    A former member

    In Christianity it is called holy matrimony.

    June 10

  • A former member
    A former member

    in Judaism it is called the rabbit.

    June 10

  • A former member
    A former member

    in Hinduism is called Bo Jo Mo.

    June 10

  • A former member
    A former member

    in scientology it is known as the love triangle.

    June 10

  • Roger P.

    I will be out of town.

    June 10

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I am going to miss this one.

    June 9

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