Eros: Philosophy of Love and Desire

Amanda Holmes
Art Sciences and Art Education, Philosophy
2022W, scientific seminar (SEW), 4.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S04374

Description

This course takes Plato’s Symposium as its point of departure for an investigation into the paradoxes of Eros, a Greek word that is sometimes translated as “love,” other times as “desire.” Turning to readings and responses to both Plato’s Symposium and the other text devoted to eros,  from philosophers, poets, and psychoanalysts, we will trace various conceptions of Eros as it relates to language, myth, and thought. At the heart of these conceptions lies a certain paradox, an oscillation between presence and absence: eros aims at that which is absent, but once the thing is present, it is Eros itself that disappears. This central problem of the obscure object of desire finds many articulations, poses many questions, and presents a number of puzzles that we will work though as we read texts from Plato, Freud, Kierkegaard, Lacan, and Irigaray,  we will also turn to the poets H.D. and Anne Carson.

Required Reading

Plato’s Symposium

Anne Carson’s “Shoes: An Essay on How Plato’s Symposium Begins

Luce Irigaray “Sorcerer Love: A Reading of Plato’s Symposium, Diotima’s Speech

Søren Kierkegaard’s “The Seducer’s Diary” in Either/Or

Jacques Lacan The Seminar of Jacques Lacan: Book VIII, On Transference

Bruce Fink Lacan on Love

 

 

Recommended Reading/ Recommended Films

Anne Carson’s Eros the Bitter Sweet: An Essay

Simone Weil Gravity and Grace

Jacqueline Rose “A Rumbling of Things Unknown”

Plato's Phaedrus

 

Recommended Films:

Alain Resnais (Marguerite Duras) Hiroshima mon amour

Chris Marker’s The Owl’s Legacy, Episode 1 on The Symposium

Nicolas Roeg Bad Timing

Luis Buñuel’s Obscure Object of Desire

(this list will expand as the semester continues)

 

 

Examination Modalities

Two short (3-5 page) essays are required to receive a grade for this course. The first essay will be due by November 25th and should engage with a question or problem from Plato’s Symposium. The second paper will be due on February 14th and can either be an extension of the first paper or can address one of the other texts that we read together during the semester.

Key Words

Psychoanalysis, Plato, Ancient Greek, discussion, Lecture, film

Dates

18 October 2022, 16:00–18:00 Lecture Room 1
25 October 2022, 16:00–18:00 Lecture Room 1
08 November 2022, 16:00–18:00 Lecture Room 1
15 November 2022, 16:00–18:00 Lecture Room 1
22 November 2022, 16:00–18:00 Lecture Room 1
29 November 2022, 16:00–18:00 Lecture Room 1
06 December 2022, 16:00–18:00 Lecture Room 1
13 December 2022, 16:00–18:00 Lecture Room 1
10 January 2023, 16:00–18:00 Seminar Room 7 , "Please note change of room"
17 January 2023, 16:00–18:00 Seminar Room 7 , "Please note change of room"
24 January 2023, 16:00–18:00 Lecture Room 1
31 January 2023, 16:00–18:00 Lecture Room 1

Course Enrolment

From 01 September 2022, 09:00 to 30 November 2022, 23:59
Via online registration

co-registration: possible

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