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Sartre’s “Triple Destructibility of Love” and other Valentine’s Week Discussions

Sartre’s “Triple Destructibility of Love” and other Valentine’s Week Discussions of Love


Fellow Lovers of Wisdom (philos -sophia, ‘love of wisdom’), what better way to greet our Tucson Philosophy Group monthly meeting (which happens to now again fall on the Week of St. Valentine’s Day) than by once again re-visiting Jean Paul Sartre’s theory on the Triple Destructibility of Love advanced in Being and Nothingness (we'll e-mail the short excerpt and other material to whoever RSVPs for the meeting).

So is Jean-Paul correct in his assertion that Love is inherently doomed to failure as an existential project? Does the “Other’s” freedom inherently preclude “undying” love? Does Sartre’s take on Hegel’s Slave and Master Dialectic make all relationships incapable of being egalitarian? And what was Simone de Beauvoir’s view on the Hegelian Slave/Master? (And accordingly who really wore the pants in her and Sartre’s torrid relationship). All these questions and more should be answered.

And for those Greek classicists, or other same sex aficionados, time permitting, we will touch on Platonic Love from Phaedrus and the Symposium which has clearly been improperly portrayed if not for two millenniums certainly for the 500 years since the time of Father Ficino. So let’s all try and get to the bottom of this and set this Grecian bum rap straight on "Platonic Relationships" (pun unintended).

All these and other notable philosophical “positions of love” (pun intended) will be thoroughly tried and tested. So come join us for our very own Pre-Valentine’s Day Symposium (from the Greek originally meaning: after-dinner drunken party discussion) on the week of Cupid’s Jour de l’amour.

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  • Patricia

    Loved it ... Obviously another difficult philosopher to capsulize, and I appreciate Ross' attempt to sort out love.

    February 10, 2014

  • noreen c.

    Last minute event precludes my attendance tonight.

    February 10, 2014

  • Andrea

    Hey Ross, just a note. I have a friend in the Blues heritage foundation and I know they have reservations at OPG tonight in one of the back rooms which probably means we will be in the bar again. Just an FYI.

    February 10, 2014

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