Session 4

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: November 2004,   views: 57
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  • Singer announces beginning of the third part of the course; the first related to his book The Pursuit of Love, the second focused on myths of love, and the third is based on his book Explorations of Love and Sex.
  • Singer leads discussion of readings on the issues of appraisal and bestowal.
  • Discussion of the relationship between selfishness and love. 00:28:20
  • Anecdote on Jacques Derrida; continuing discussion of appraisal and bestowal.
  • Discussion of the question of acceptance of freedom versus paternalism.
  • Singer talks about his work on the book The Harmony of Nature and Spirit.
  • Student raises the topic of the love of things. 01:46:00
  • Discussion of whether reciprocity is necessary for the experience of love.
  • Discussion of personification of things as it relates to love; also, the issue of artificial intelligence.

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