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As per class decision last semester, the theme of study for the second half of this fullyear course will be “love.” Rather, however, than attempting an exceedingly broad and, therefore, superficial survey of types or categories of “love” and how they have been treated philosophically from the times of the ancient Greek philosophers till today, I believe it will be more fruitful to examine in greater detail a particular tradition of thought on said topic, following its, sometimes bizarre, transformations until arriving at its present or near present incarnations. To be more specific, we will first look at Plato’s symposium. We will do so, however, less from the vantage of its status as an ancient text, and more precisely from the vantage of its reception during the high renaissance. This, I propose out of my personal appreciation for renaissance philosophy and my feeling that work produced during this period is both rich in the extreme and, unfortunately, underappreciated to an equal extreme. Therefore, alongside our reading of portions of the platonic text, we will also read Marsilo Ficino’s running commentary. After this, we will examine two texts which followed in the tradition initiated by Ficino: Leon Ebreo’s “Dialogues of Love,” and Tullia D’Aragona’s “Dialogue on the Infinity of Love.” Beyond their intrinsic interest, these texts were also selected with the specific aim of exposing students thinkers outside the demographic norm of the professional philosopher: Ebreo was a Jew and, D’Aragona, a woman. Were this, alone, the aim of the course, many figures could have been identified, but, within the specific topic at hand, these seemed most appropriate. After examining the foregoing group of texts which explicitly treat the topic of love, we will begin, during the second half of the semester, to inquire after the rather strange ramifications of their findings. To this effect, we will study two selections from the work of Giordano Bruno, another highly underappreciated thinker, who blended neoplatonic philosophy with mysticism. In particular, we will analyze his writings on sympathetic magic and the mechanisms by which it operates which, so we will find, depends largely on many of the findings of the Ficinocircle.
a pleasant way to conclude our studies this year. Recognition of individual contributions to knowledge and of the intellectual property of others builds trust within the university and encourages the sharing . we will consider his theory of the death drive which. so we shall discover. D’Aragona. Second. Seth Benardette). reflects the feeling of universal love as developed from the renaissance on and which. produces distopian results as evinced in his “Civilization and its Discontents. First we will examine texts produced by the fathers of socialistanarchism. Cixous. the father of psychoanalysis.A. I believe. Specifically. whose work on “animal magnetism” — though. nonetheless interesting perusal of the work of F. we will look to Freud. The academic integrity policy of this institution states: The pursuit of knowledge can proceed only when scholars take responsibility and receive credit for their work. we will then close the semester with a short reading of the Song of Songs alongside Helene Cixious’s “Third Body. this theory of natural attraction derives from the line of thought traced above. so I argue.This will lead us to a short but. The Third Body. Required Texts ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ Plato. All other texts will be provided via Blackboard Grading ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ 25% 25% Class Participation & HW Exam 2 25% Exam 1 25% Term Paper Course Expectations & Policies ACADEMIC DISHONESTY: All work must be the product of the student’s own original effort. Fourier and Kropotkin. (Trans. will. our course of study will bifurcate as we look to two separate theoretical consequences of Mesmer’s innovations; the one utopian and the other.” Time permitting. moreover. constitute a rewarding comparison and. whose belief in the inherent affective bonds linking men to one another allowed them to theorize a form of collective life free of state oppression and repression. Next. nonetheless. Again. Dialogue on the Infinity of Love. The Symposium. its opposite. Mesmer. this exercise abides by our general interest in the topic of love. in itself. dismissed as quackery — lead to the development of modern hypnotic techniques.” Though distinct from the line of thought developed throughout the semester prior to this point.
Similarly. and only when it is possible that the completion of the remaining work could result in a passing grade.bc.bc.edu/content/bc/offices/stserv/academic/integrity.of ideas that is essential to scholarship. Do not eat—it only makes the rest of us hungry. surfing the internet. The student is responsible for seeing that incompletes are made up before the expiration date.edu). Refrain from private discussions. and a selftest quiz offered by the Political Science Department (http://www.html) APPOINTMENTS: I can arrange to meet students by appointment. Tentative Schedule Plato’s Symposium and its Renaissance Reception . interrupting people. It is the student’s responsibility to familiarize him/herself with university policy regarding plagiarism and academic dishonesty. critique. I will make accommodations as per their recommendation. but also undermines the educational process. An incomplete must be resolved within the appropriate time limit or it will automatically be changed to an F. or use abusive language. Presentation of others' work as one's own is not only intellectual dishonesty. DISABILITIES: Students with learning disabilities are advised to contact the Connors Family Learning Center (Kathy Duggan at 6175528093 or dugganka@bc. texting. and eventual reformulation. INCOMPLETES: Incompletes will only be given in rare circumstances. the educational process requires that individuals present their own ideas and insights for evaluation. at the discretion of the instructor. There is no naptime. Turn off your cell phones. It is best to discuss incipient problems before they become large ones.html) and to consult the plagiarism examples and guidelines. DECORUM: Use your common sense. Do not insult or threaten anybody. Students are encouraged to review the complete and authoritative statement of the university's policies and procedures regarding academic integrity (http://www.edu/content/bc/schools/cas/polisci/integrity/quiz. and in general anything that would disrupt the class.
124142 3/14/2014 Bruno: A General Account of Bonding pp. pp. 103123 3/12/2014 Bruno: On Magic pp. pp. 57 (¶3) 71 (end of first dialogue) 2/14/2014 Ebreo: Dialogues of Love pp. 182216) 2/3/2014 Plato: Symposium (212c223d) 2/5/2014 Ficino: Commentary on Plato’s Symposium (Seventh Speech. 91106 (end of dialogue) 2/26/2014 Review: Ebreo & D’Aragona 2/28/2014 Exam 1 HW Collection 03/03/2014 Spring Break 03/05/2014 Spring Break 03/07/2014 Spring Break The Universality of Love: Its Utopian and Distopian Consequences 3/10/2014 Bruno: On Magic pp. 160177 3/19/2014 Mesmer: Mesmer’s Aphorisms and Instructions 3/21/2014 Mesmer: Mesmer’s Aphorisms and Instructions . 76106 (Second paragraph) 2/17/2014 Ebreo: Dialogues of Love pp. 154164) 1/20/2014 MLK Day 1/22/2014 Plato: Symposium (193e197e) 1/24/2014 Ficino: Commentary on Plato’s Symposium (Fifth Speech. 164182) 1/27/2014 Plato: Symposium (198a204c) 1/29/2014 Plato: Symposium (204d 212c) 1/31/2014 Ficino: Commentary on Plato’s Symposium (Sixth Speech. 154164 (end of second dialogue) 2/19/2014 D’Aragona: Dialogue on the Infinity of Love pp. 2848 2/12/2014 Ebreo: Dialogues of Love pp.1/13/2014 Introduction 1/15/2014 Plato: Symposium (189c 193e) 1/17/2014 Ficino (Fourth Speech. 5573 2/21/2014 D’Aragona: Dialogue on the Infinity of Love pp. pp. 143160 3/17/2014 Bruno: A General Account of Bonding pp. pp. 216236) 2/7/2014 Review: Symposium & Ficino 2/10/2014 Ebreo: Dialogues of Love pp. 7491 2/24/2014 D’Aragona: Dialogue on the Infinity of Love pp.
Fourier. Mesmer. Kropotkin.3/24/2014 Fourier: Selections 3/26/2014 Fourier: Selections 3/28/2014 Kropotkin: Mutual Aid (Introduction) 3/31/2014 Kropotkin: Mutual Aid (Conclusion) 04/2/2014 Freud: On the Pleasure Principle 04/4/2014 Freud: On the Pleasure Principle 04/07/2014 Freud: Civilization and its Discontents 04/09/2014 Freud: Civilization and its Discontents 04/11/2014 Review: Bruno. Freud 04/14/2014 Exam 2 HW Collection 04/16/2014 Passover 04/18/2014 Easter 04/21/2014 Easter 04/23/2014 Song of Songs 04/25/2014 Cixous: The Third Body 04/28/2014 Cixous: The Third Body 04/30/2014 Review of Semester Term paper due 05/02/2014 Study Day 05/05/2014 Study Day 05/06/2014 Final Exam Week .
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