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Love and Philosophy: Aristotelian vs. Platonic (MP3 download)

By Allan Gotthelf

 

Focusing on the contrasting conceptions of love held by Plato and Aristotle, Dr. Gotthelf maintains that a person’s view of love—and his romantic choices—is linked to his metaphysics. He argues that Platonic love and Aristotelian love represent two antithetical views of man and existence—and that a number of apparently different interpretations of love and sex are actually versions of either the Platonic or the Aristotelian view. The talk presents a novel definition of “Aristotelian love,” an idea that has gone largely unnoticed in the history of philosophy until Ayn Rand.

(MP3 download; 96 min., with Q & A, 87.49 MB)