The Nature of Love in the Classical and Christian Tradition
What is the nature of love? What is its relationship to possession, union, knowledge, or beauty? What is its proper object? What makes love true or perverse? How should we understand love in relation to vulnerability and suffering? The Western tradition offers various answers to these questions. Plato considered love a recognition of transcendence. Later philosophers thought it madness, a disease that must be cured by proper teaching. According to the Christian tradition, love is salvific, for God is Love itself. In this group, we will read influential texts on the nature of love, including classical texts written prior to the advent of Christianity and texts in the Christian tradition. We’ll reflect on friendship, on romantic love, and the love of the divine, and we will continually consider how love in these texts is similar to and different from love as we think of it in our contemporary culture.
This study will meet on Mondays at 7pm EST and run through November 8. It will be led by Amanda Knight, PhD. RSVP by emailing Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org or by using the form below. Registration deadline is September 11.
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