Readings

The following table contains the course’s required readings, and the required video materials for viewing.

WEEK # TOPICS READINGS / VIDEO MATERIALS
1 Introduction  
2 I. Romantic Longing

Johnson, Robert A. “The Narrative: How Tristan Was Born and Grew Up To Be a Great Knight.” In We: Understanding the Psychology of Romantic Love. HarperOne, 2009, pp. 9–15. ISBN: 9780062504364. 

———. “The Narrative: How Tristan Was Conquered by the Wine of Love.” In We: Understanding the Psychology of Romantic Love. HarperOne, 2009, pp. 37–42. ISBN: 9780062504364.

———. “The Narrative: How Tristan and Iseult Wandered in the Enchanted Orchard.” In We: Understanding the Psychology of Romantic Love. HarperOne, 2009, pp. 83–91. ISBN: 9780062504364. 

———. “The Narrative: How Tristan Found Iseult of the White Hands and How Love and Death at Last Were Mixed.” In We: Understanding the Psychology of Romantic Love. HarperOne, 2009, pp. 119–27. ISBN: 9780062504364. 

Casablanca. Directed by Michael Curtiz. Black and White, 102 min. 1942.

3 II. Love as Duty and Intention

Peck, M. Scott. “Section II: Love.” In The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth. 25th anniversary ed. Touchstone, 2003. ISBN: 9780743243155.

Kant, Immanuel. Selections from Lectures on Ethics. Translated by Louis Infield. Hackett Publishing Company, 1981. ISBN: 9780915144266.

4–5 III. Sexual Longing

Lawrence, D. H. Lady Chatterley’s Lover. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013. ISBN: 9781482656008.

Lee, Patrick, and Robert P. George. “What Sex Can Be: Self-Alienation, Illusion, or One-Flesh Union.” American Journal of Jurisprudence 42, no. 1 (1997):135-57.

“Francisco D’Anconia’s Speech: Sex and Morality.” Sharing is Living.

Olds, Sharon. “Sex Without Love.” In The Dead and the Living. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1984. ISBN: 9780394715636.

6–7 IV. Agape and Unconditional Love

Nygren, Anders. “Agape and Eros.” In Eros, Agape and Philia: Readings in the Philosophy of Love. Edited by Alan Soble. Paragon House, 1998. ISBN: 9781557782786.

Buddhaghosa, Bhadantacariya. The Path of Purification: Visuddhimagga. Translated by Bhikkhu Nanamoli. Pariyatti Publishing, 2003. ISBN: 9781928706014.

King, Jr., Martin Luther. “The Power of Non-violence.” Teaching American History.org, June 4, 1957.

Sivananda, Swami. “Ahimsa.” Chapter 1 in Bliss Divine: A Book on Spiritual Essays on the Lofty Purpose of Human Life and the Means to Its Achievement. Divine Life Society, 2009. ISBN: 9788170520047.

Murphy, Stephen. “Brief Outline of Gandhi’s Philosophy.” Mahatma Gandhi Complete Information Website.

LOVE Lesson 7: Mahatma Gandhi On Love.” Gnostic.Org

The following readings are from the New Testament:

1 Corinthians 13 (New International Version), BibleGateway.com.

Matthew 5 (New International Version), BibleGateway.com

1 John 4: 7-19 (New International Version), BibleGateway.com

John 15: 9-19 (New International Version), BibleGateway.com

8 V. Eros, Sex and Power

Sartre, Jean-Paul. “Concrete Relations With Others.” Part 3, Chapter 3 in Being and Nothingness: An Essay on Phenomenological Ontology. Translated by Hazel E. Barnes. Philosophical Library, 1956.

Olds, Sharon. “Sex Without Love.” In The Dead and the Living. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1984. ISBN: 9780394715636.

The Piano. Directed by Jane Campion. Color, 121 min. 1993.

9–11 VI. Eros as Universal Longing

Plato. “The Symposium.” In Symposium and Phaedrus. Dover Publications, 1994. ISBN: 9780486277981.

———. “Phaedrus.” In Symposium and Phaedrus. Dover Publications, 1994. ISBN: 9780486277981.

Love Poems of Rumi. khamush.com

Pulsegod1985. “The Origin Of Love – Hedwig And The Angry Inch.” August 13, 2006. YouTube. Accessed August 6, 2013. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zU3U7E1Odc

12–14 VII. Friendship and Mutuality

Aristotle. “Book VII: Continence and Incontinence.” In The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle. Translated by William David Ross. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2011. ISBN: 9781463536275.

———. “Book VIII: Friendship.” In The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle. Translated by William David Ross. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2011. ISBN: 9781463536275.

Buber, Martin. “First Part.” In I and Thou. Translated by Walter Kaufmann. Touchstone, 1971. ISBN: 9780684717258. [Preview with Google Books]

———. “Second Part.” In I and Thou. Translated by Walter Kaufmann. Touchstone, 1971. ISBN: 9780684717258.

Nicol, Caitrin. “Till Malfunction Do Us Part.” (PDF) The New Atlantis 19 (2008): 125–31.

Hegel, G. W. F. Selections on mutual recognition in Phenomenology of Spirit. Translated by A.V. Miller with analysis of the text and foreward by J.N. Findlay. Oxford University Press, 1976. ISBN: 9780198245971.

Levy, David. Selections from Love + Sex with Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot Relationships. Harper Perennial, 2008. ISBN: 9780061359804.

psicodelicopsicopata. “Paro Baby Seal.” May 17, 2007. YouTube. Accessed August 6, 2013. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3npV-npZkxI

TheLowridingChrist. “The Twilight Zone-The Lonely-EP 7 Part 1.” September 24, 2011. YouTube. Accessed August 7, 2013. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYbKjSCA-fs

TheLowridingChrist. “The Twilight Zone-The Lonely-Part 2.” September 24, 2011. YouTube. Accessed August 7, 2013. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCleX01rPqI

Sex, Lies, and Videotape. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Color, 100 min. 1989.

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