On Romantic Love

The Institute of Art and Ideas
Online

Free

Important information

  • Course
  • Online
  • When:
    Flexible
Description

Love often strikes like a thunderbolt- inexplicable, unaccountable and often painful. Moreover, we often think that to fall in love means to surrender both our freedom and our reason. But is this true? What is the relationship between love and other, ‘rational’ emotions, and does it mean surrendering our power and our freedom to another?

In this course philosopher of mind and cognitive neuroscientist Berit Brogaard looks at our brain chemistry and psychology to reveal simple truths about this complex emotion.

In this course you will learn:

Why a broken heart is more than just a metaphor
Whether we should understand love as an emotion or a drive.
What happens to our brain chemistry when we fall in- and out- of love.
How to understand the difference between ration and irrational feelings.
The evolutionary advantages of falling in love.
How to use neuroscience to get over a breakup.

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Where and when

Starts Location
Flexible
Online

What you'll learn on the course

Philosophy
Passion
Control
Love
Emotions
Romantic Love
Irrational Feelings
Feelings
Fall in love
Self Control

Course programme

About the Instructor
  • Berit Brogaard

    Berit Brogaard is a Danish and American philosopher of mind and a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Miami, where she runs the perception lab, where she is best known for her work on synesthesia and savant syndrome. Her specialities involve philosophy of mind, language and cognitive neuroscience. Her recent works include The Superhuman Mind, On Romantic Love and Transient Truths.

    Professor Brogaard is President of the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology and the first female President of the Central States Philosophical Association. She is also a Danish language poet and gives advice on managing break-ups on her website 'Lovesick Love'.

    Miami philosopher of mind Berit Brogaard has published on synaethesia, savant syndrome and the emotions. Her recent books include On Romantic Love and The Superhuman Mind.

Course Syllabus
  • Part One: Losing ControlAre free will and love compatible? Brogaard considers the latest neuroscience and philosophy.
  • Part Two: Playing the GameCan we choose who we love and when? Brogaard tames the passions with her theory of romance.
Suggested Further Readings

A selection of further readings has been suggested by Professor Brogaard as part of this course. 

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