The Art of Love, University of Philosophical Research, Tuesday, 28. May 2019

THE PRESIDENT'S CLASS - SPRING QUARTER 2019
Between Madness and Reason: Understanding Love

The Art of Love
Should anyone here not know the art of love,
read this, and learn by reading how to love.
By art the boat’s set gliding, with oar and sail,
by art the chariot’s swift: love’s ruled by art.
So begins the great Roman poet Ovid’s handbook on love titled Ars Amatoria or The Art of Love. It is an interesting counterpart to his better-known compendium of mythology titled The Metamorphoses because the handbook is extremely (and sometimes hilariously) practical for Roman life in the second century of the Common Era. And we continue to write and read texts on the art of love, which means we think that love can be learned. Can it, or does it transcend all instruction? Join us as we take up this question and others.
About the Series:
What is left to say of love? Apparently, quite a bit because we continue to celebrate and complain, rhapsodize and rue, marvel and malign this most human of emotions. Or it is less of an emotion and more of a force in the world to which we willingly—or unwillingly—succumb? Why does it have the flavor of the sacred? One reason may be that it connects us to something larger than ourselves, as we see in a verse from a sonnet of the great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda:
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where,   
I love you directly without problems or pride:
I love you like this because I don’t know any other way to love,
except in this form in which I am not nor are you,   
so close that your hand upon my chest is mine,   
so close that your eyes close with my dreams.
Friedrich Nietzsche noted that “There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.” And already we can see the possibilities for a ten-week exploration of the meanings of love. We will take a unique thematic approach to our study and engage many disciplines and ways of knowing, from anthropology to philosophy to literature.
About the Speaker:
Greg Salyer, Ph.D. is the President of the University of Philosophical Research and the CEO of the Philosophical Research Society. For twenty-five years, he has been an administrator and scholar in higher education institutions, but his highest calling has always been that of teacher. Trained in interdisciplinary studies, Dr. Salyer moves through the disciplines of literature, philosophy, and religious studies looking for and helping his students find practical and profound wisdom in the stories, texts, and ideas created all over the world and throughout history. 

The Art of Love

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