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Session 2

Session 2

This video was recorded at MIT 24.261 Philosophy of Love in the Western World - Fall 2004. Class starts with discussion of Singer's same-sex marriage chapter. Singer reviews history of homosexuality in literature and art; discusses the work of Marcel Proust, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. Singer reviews Freud's theories on bisexuality and latent homosexuality. Singer explains 2 issues that come up in debates over same-sex marriage: legitimization and benefits. Singer discusses cultural stereotypes about homosexuals. Singer and student discuss various levels of tolerance for homosexuality in different states in the U.S. Singer discusses common attitudes among groups seeking political liberation: assimilationist and separatist. Singer relates issues of religious discrimination to this debate. Class discusses how different religious denominations view same-sex marriage. Discussion, from the perspective of philosophy, of the concept of what constitutes family. Veronica starts presentation on The Pursuit of Love, beginning with chapter on 2 myths of love. Singer outlines a romantic theory of love, and continues discussion from there. Discussion of distinctions between falling in love, being in love, staying in love. Singer talks about intersections between marriage and feelings of love, between sexual activity and love. Singer discusses the relevance of hormones and developments in contraceptive technologies to patterns of sexual activity.


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