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What’s Love Got to Do With It?


Sat 22 May 2010, 3:00pm

Where: Philip Carter Family Auditorium, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

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Presented by Carolyn Mason

Scientists and poets have described love as a physical drive such that, in Samuel Butler’s words, “all reason is against it, and all healthy instinct for it”. Yet, some philosophers think of love as much more than a drive or emotion, arguing that romantic love helps people think rationally, or involves seeing the true value of another person, something so priceless that you are willing to leave yourself vulnerable to hurt.

Thinking about the ways in which philosophers try to sort out our messy conceptions of love helps clarify the nature and limits of both love and philosophy.

Presented as a part of the University of Canterbury's Platform Arts Festival 2010, a dynamic 11 day extravaganza of art, lectures, theatre, music and film.