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.
Introduction, philosophy as a conceptual art form, course reading list and requirements, definitions of love and sex.
Same-sex marriage, Freud's theories on bisexuality and homosexuality, cultural stereotypes, what constitutes a family, falling/being/staying in love.
St. Augustine, libido, love and society, peer love, self love.
Appraisal and bestowal, Derrida, freedom versus paternalism, love of things, artificial intelligence.