Session 3

author: Irving Singer, Center for Future Civic Media, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
recorded by: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
published: Jan. 4, 2011,   recorded: September 2004,   views: 76
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  • Singer begins with quotation by Dorothy Parker.
  • Myraida starts presentation on the chapter on sexual love.
  • Singer takes over with a mini-lecture on Greek and Christian concepts of love.
  • Discussion of Saint Augustine.
  • Discussion of love in Judaic tradition.
  • Review of 4 concepts of Greek love; discussion of Saint Thomas Aquinas and Martin Luther.
  • Myraida continues presentation with discussion of sin.
  • Myraida reviews Singer's definition of sexual love as having 3 aspects: the libidinal, the erotic, and the romantic.
  • Singer talks about Freud's theories on the libido, and the distinction between libidinal and the libido. Myraida turns discussion to the erotic.
  • Discussion of the romantic, of monogamy and polygamy.
  • Discussion of chapter on love and society; of relationship between shared values and friendship and love.
  • Student raises question on the relationship between judgment of a person's redeeming values and feelings of love.
  • Singer moves to next chapter on stage theory: peer love as a necessary condition for mature love.
  • Discussion of self-love as a necessary condition for loving others; Nietzsche's idea of the superman.
  • Brief mention of other topics in the chapter on love and society: compassion, love of country, religious love.

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