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Session 4

Session 4

This video was recorded at MIT 24.261 Philosophy of Love in the Western World - Fall 2004. 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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