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Keys to the City: The Value of Valentine’s Day

Keys to the City: The Value of Valentine’s Day

“Everybody says ‘I love you’,” as Woody Allen said so well, and never more than on 14 February. But does love need a holiday? The term “love” has occupied poets, artists and philosophers since the beginning of time. The feeling has forged alliances, toppled empires, and “launched a thousand ships”; it even grants super-human strength. […]

Book Review: Wayne Cristaudo’s A Philosophical History of Love

Book Review: Wayne Cristaudo’s A Philosophical History of Love

Let’s talk about Love What could be more profound or fascinating than love? Yet, philosophers have written little about it, and with a few exceptions like Plato, what there is often leaves us cold. The very lack is enough to discount philosophy altogether. Fortunately, this has not entirely dissuaded philosophers like Irving Singer (The Nature […]

Vienna for Valentines

February 14th is St. Valentine’s Day, when lonely hearts woo would-be lovers with anonymous missives. All very odd given that the saint in question was an obscure third century Roman poet, with little proven interest in targetting Cupid’s bow. That said there is little doubt regarding Vienna’s part in the most romantic day of the year: […]

Consuming Love, Or What’s Left of It

Consuming Love, Or What’s Left of It

Will you be celebrating Valentine’s Day? Will you buy roses, go for a dinner in a luxurious restaurant, buy a little teddy bear with a big red heart? Or will you boycott that kitschy capitalistic product of American culture, condemning it as crass celebration consumption? Or will you simply be ambivalent? Well, don’t be. As […]

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