Loving Wives And Loving Countries

On Bloggingheads, philosophers Simon Keller and Niko Kolodny dissect love.  If you don’t have the hour to watch the whole thing or if you are only interested in one of the subtopics they discuss, below is the set of topics.  The time listed next to each topic indicates how long that portion of video runs.

Love as a response to reasons (05:24)
Will your marriage survive Niko’s analysis of love? (06:54)
Unrequited love and dysfunctional relationships (07:23)
What’s the difference between patriotism and racism? (11:45)
Does patriotic pride require epistemic irresponsibility? (08:04)
Is unconditional love a worthy ideal? (15:29)

(via LeiterReports)

For comparison of their accounts of love with my own views on the matter, please show some love to my three posts towards formulating a theory of love:

Conceptual Problems For The Ideal Of Unconditional Love
How Do I Love Thee?  Let Me Count The Ways
Call It Volitional Love Rather Than Unconditional Love

Your Thoughts?

About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • Ptah

    Just proves that it is impossible to love a philosopher.


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