4. Love, sex, gender, and philosophy
Ronald de Sousa
The kiss … is held in high sexual esteem among many nations in spite of the fact that the parts of the body involved do not form part of the sexual apparatus but constitute the entrance to the digestive tract.
Poetry, art, music, and literature attempt to convey—or at least to evoke, for those who can recognize it—the thrill and the anguish of love. They do it with extravagant metaphors: ‘I’ve got you under my skin’, ‘You are part of me’, ‘We two are one’, ‘My heart lives in thy breast, as thine in me’. The scientist looks
5. The spiritual life—prayer, meditation, Torah
Rabbi Baroka of Hoza’a used to go to Lefet Market, and Elijah often kept him company. He asked him, ‘Is there anyone in this market who is destined for the World to Come?’ He replied, ‘No!’
Richard J. Crisp
6. Love and other attractions
), how others change our attitudes ( ), how people can be intolerant or aggressive towards others ( ), and how we can encourage more positive relationships between groups ( ). Of course, in all these cases the people we’re talking about could be friends, lovers, or acquaintances, but I haven’t really focused on this sort of relationship in depth. In this final chapter, I delve into this most basic, and perhaps most influential, social relationship of all—the interpersonal relationship.
5. Religion, education, and sexuality
Ronald de Sousa
There are two tragedies in life: the first is not to get what you want; the other is to get it.
What does the lover want?
If there is one thing Diotima got right, it was that love essentially involves desire. But what is desire? And what sorts of desire are characteristic of love?