This course is a seminar on the nature of love and sex, approached as topics both in philosophy and in literature. Readings from recent philosophy as well as classic myths of love that occur in works of literature and lend themselves to philosophical analysis.
Over 10 hours of video.
Irving Singer retired in 2013 after 55 years of teaching at MIT. His latest book, Modes of Creativity: Philosophical Perspectives, was published by The MIT Press in 2011; its sequel is entitled Creativity in the Brain. In 2008 his book Ingmar Bergman, Cinematic Philosopher: Reflections on His Creativity was selected by the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation’s jury of experts as one of the six best books on “the moving image” published in 2007. In 2008 The MIT Press published his book Cinematic Mythmaking: Philosophy in Film, and in 2009 it published his book Philosophy of Love: A Partial Summing-Up. In 2009 The MIT Press also published, in its Irving Singer Library, reprints of the three volumes of his trilogy The Nature of Love. The three volumes of his trilogy Meaning in Life as well as his book Mozart and Beethoven: The Concept of Love in Their Operas have likewise been reprinted in The Irving Singer Library in 2010. Each of these volumes contains a new preface written by the author for this edition.
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Based on a work at http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/linguistics-and-philosophy/24-261-philosophy-of-love-in-the-western-world-fall-2004/.