Office: 3311 Boylan
Virtual Office Hours: W 1:00 – 2:00 PM or by appointment
Email: dcampos@brooklyn.cuny.edu
Course times: W 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM, only on scheduled days
Virtual classroom: Zoom (link will be provided; attendance is optional)
Course site: Blackboard through CUNY

Course Description: Philosophy means the “love of wisdom.” In its ancient Greek conception, it is a form of love. But what is love?

In this course, we will read classical and contemporary philosophical works on the nature of love and its relevance for ethics, especially in interpersonal relations.

Our main text will be Plato’s Symposium, a classical Greek account of Eros. We will also read texts such as Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics (Book VIII on friendship), Ralph Emerson’s essays “Love,” Charles Peirce’s essay “Evolutionary Love,” and Martha Nussbaum’s chapter on contemplative creativity in Plato from her book Upheavals of Thought. Thus, we will have classical Greek and American discussions of love at the core of our inquiry.

Methodologically, we will place special emphasis on reading, comprehending, analyzing, and criticizing philosophical texts. We will also learn how to work in stages to write a high-quality philosophical paper that engages classical texts and scholarly commentaries and criticisms.

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