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PHIL 20214 - Ancient Wisdom and Modern Love, Spring 2007

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Author: David O'Connor
Notre Dame OpenCourseware (OCW) offers free online educational resources for the course "Ancient Wisdom and Modern Love" in the Department of Philosophy. Built around Plato's Symposium, Shakespeare, Catholic writings, and several movies, this course explores the nature of romance and erotic love. We will examine such topics as sexuality, marriage, and procreation with an eye towards how we can be better at being in love.
Anselm Feuerbach, Gastmahl des Plato (II), 1873, cropped. The work of art depicted in this image and the reproduction thereof are in the public domain worldwide. (The reproduction is part of a collection of reproductions compiled by The Yorck Project. The compilation copyright is held by Zenodot Verlagsgesellschaft mbH and licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.) Accessed from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Anselm_Feuerbach_003.jpg on 8/3/10.

Ancient Wisdom and Modern Love

Professor David O'Connor

Department of Philosophy
University of Notre Dame

Course Structure: Hour long classes three times a week

Anslem Feuerbach, Gastmahl des Plato (II). 1873. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Course Description

Built around Plato's Symposium, Shakespeare (including A Midsummer Night's Dream), Catholic writings (including Humanae Vitae), and several movies, this course explores the nature of romance and erotic love.  We will examine such topics as sexuality, marriage, and procreation with an eye towards how we can be better at being in love.  The course generally tries to integrate the analytic approach of philosophy with the imaginative approach of literature.  

 

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