What science and philosophy can tell us about love
October 2, 2012
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Massimo Pigliucci (CUNY) writes for the Huffington Post.
The ancient Greeks distinguished three concepts of love: the erotic one, the one that manifests itself in the relationship between children and parents or between lifelong friends, and the one that we attach to ideals (or gods, if one believes in them). Modern philosophers have developed different types of understanding of love: as an emotion, as a type of concern for the other, as a union, and as valuing the other for the other’s sake. The differences among these conceptions of love — both ancient and modern — should be an occasion for reflecting on our own way of relating to loved ones.