Steamy passion, everlasting friendship or deep solidarity: although love is universal, we all experience and think of it differently. Not to mention the complexity to come closer to what we ‘want’. What can philosophy teach us about the desirable idea called love?
Swiping left or right, unfriending on Facebook or feeling an almost religious compassion for the victims of the terror in Syria; in our times the concept of love seems more complicated and complex than ever. What does love mean in modern life? How can great thinkers, like Plato or Nietzsche, help us improve our love lives in the various ways it is expressed? And is love something we should strive for, or is it a play of nature?
From Eros to the metaphysics of love and from Amor Fati to compassion; also in philosophy love has known many forms. The different ways philosophers have written about love throughout history, can help us understand our diverse current approaches. Heleen Pott will guide us through the philosophy of love.
Professor Heleen Pott is Socrates Professor of Arts & Culture at the department of Arts and Culture Studies and the department of Philosophy at the Erasmus University. Her research mainly focuses on the philosophy of emotions, and how emotions relate to cognition and embodiment.
This lecture is given in English. Entrance is free, registration is recommended.
Organized by Studium Generale