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Philosophy of Love and Relationships (PHIL04)

16th May 2020

Philosophy of Love and Personal Relationships explores philosophical, theological, sociological and psychological approaches to the subject of love from the Classical era to the present day. Love and friendship will be examined in their many forms from the erotic to the compassionate across many ages and consideration will be given to the moral and social implications of the nature of love. Over the semester the students will develop a keen insight into and appreciation of this most fundamental aspect of our nature. The course begins by examining the nature of love as it is explored in Greek culture and myths before looking at the various approaches from Plato and Aristotle. Following this, the course looks at the influence of body-soul dualism on emergent Christianity and, by contrast, the celebration of the body in ‘Song of Songs’. After looking at medieval approaches, the course then moves onto faith, reason and morality and the personalist approaches of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Finally, the course looks at sex, psychoanalysis and sexual ethics.

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