Most people think that love and friendship are important human goods. Love and friendship also raise a number of philosophical questions.
- What is love?
- What is friendship?
- Do the demands of friendship conflict with the demands of morality?
- How does erotic love differ from love between friends?
- Does love admit of rational justification?
- What is desire? Does sexual desire necessarily objectify its target?
- Is objectification always morally problematic?
- Are some sex acts perverse?
We will take up these and related questions in this course.
Our readings will be drawn from both historical and contemporary sources. We will read selections from Plato, Aristotle, and Kant to set up the questions and provide some historical background before turning to contemporary discussions of these issues.
Students will be assessed on the basis of active participation in discussions, two papers, and a take-home final exam
This course will serve as an introduction to the methods of philosophy, and no previous coursework in philosophy is required.
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